Falcons Set to Host Two Home Competitions

    Jen Bremser
    Jen Bremser

    April 4, 2012

    After a six-year absence, outdoor track and field competitions have returned to the Air Force Academy. The Falcons will host the Air Force Outdoor Combined Events Meet on Thursday-Friday (April 5-6) and the first Air Force Relays on Saturday (April 7) at the newly renovated Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex.

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    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
    Due to the size of the fields, several changes have been made to Saturday's meet schedule. An updated schedule can be found at the top of this release. The meet will get underway at 10 a.m., with the men's discus throw and women's hammer throw. Please note, the hammer throw will take place on the upper field. Thursday's decathlon begins at 11 a.m., while the heptathlon is slated to start at 11:15 a.m. Both events will get under way at 11 a.m., on Friday.

    BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...
    Several members of the Air Force middle distance and distance teams will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., for the annual Stanford Invitational on April 5-6.

    SIMMONS NAMED MW ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
    Cale Simmons was selected as the Mountain West Athlete of the Week on April 3 after matching the Academy pole vault record at the Texas Relays. Finishing third overall, Simmons cleared a program record-tying vault of 18'0½" to become the first Falcon since 2004 to clear the 18-foot bar outdoors. His vault, which is tied for the third-best mark in Mountain West history, currently ranks first in the conference and third in the nation.

    MEN'S 4x4 CLOCKS 10TH-FASTEST TIME IN ACADEMY HISTORY
    The quartet of Manny Smith, Anthony Delgado, Jake Spuller and Michael Craig clocked a time of 3:11.13 in the 4x400-meter relay at Texas on March 30, debuting in 10th on the program's all-time list. The Falcons, who became just the second squad to enter the top-10 list in that event since 2002, finished ninth overall.

    MORE NEWS FROM TEXAS
    Kassie Gurnell placed fourth in the triple jump with a season-best distance of 40'6¾" on March 30, while Bryce Bergman finished sixth in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles (51.93). Bergman's time came one day after clocking the same mark to finish eighth in the 45-runner preliminary heat. Mikey Lauritzen and Joey Uhle finished fourth in the javelin throw (206'0") and pole vault (16'6¾"), respectively, on March 29.

    WHAT'S ON DECK
    The Falcons will travel to Boulder over the April 13-14 weekend to compete in the annual Colorado Invitational.

     

     

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