Falcons Head to Missouri's Tom Botts Invitational

    Becca Burditt
    Becca Burditt

    April 9, 2009

    The Air Force track and field team will split for a pair of competitions on Saturday, April 11. The majority of the team will travel to Columbia, Mo., for the Tom Botts Invitational, while the remainder of the squad will head to Boulder, Colo., for the Colorado Invitational. Action in Missouri begins at 9 a.m. (CDT), while the Colorado meet begins at 10 a.m. (MST).

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
    The 13th annual Tom Botts Invitational, hosted by the University of Missouri, will feature Air Force, Indiana State, Missouri and Tulsa. The meet, held at Audrey J. Watson Stadium, will begin from the field at 9:00 a.m., with the women's hammer throw. The running events will commence at 11 a.m., with the women's 3000-meter steeplechase.

    CLOSE TO HOME
    Like its Missouri counterpart, the Colorado Invitational begins with the women's hammer throw and 3000-meter steeplechase. The hammer throw kicks things off at 10 a.m., while the steeplechase will start at 2 p.m.

    FRAWLEY DOES IT AGAIN
    Nick Frawley was named the MWC Athlete of the Week for the second time this year on April 7. The junior, who finished third on the pole vault at the Texas Relays with a height of 17'4½", is currently tied for the best height in the conference and the fourth-highest clearance in the nation.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    Nick Frawley's conference award marked the second straight week that a member of the Air Force men's team has earned the league's top weekly honor. Senior Sean Houseworth won the award on March 31 for his record-setting 10,000-meter performance at the Stanford Invitational.

    FRAWLEY QUALIFIES TO REGIONAL MEET
    Clearing a season-best 17'4½" on the pole vault at the Texas Relays, junior Nick Frawley earned a spot at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in May. As the Falcons' lone representative, he finished in third place and just one inch shy of his career high.

     

     

    NEW FOR NEUBAUER
    Junior Sara Neubauer collected a pair of personal-best marks during the first day of action at the Tom Benich Classic on April 3. Neubauer, who competed in the elite discus invitational, upped her career-best distance of 170'10" to win the invitational field and move closer to the program standard of 177'3". She also participated in the hammer throw, tossing a personal-best of 160'8", moving into seventh on the all-time list.

    STILL IMPROVING
    Sara Neubauer has improved her "PR" in the discus throw 10 feet since the season began, while adding 30 feet to her hammer throw distance since first competing in that event on March 20.

    THE WEEK THAT WAS...
    Air Force had an unexpected weekend off from competition, as Northern Colorado cancelled Saturday's action at the Tom Benich Classic due to an approaching snowstorm. Only the hammer throw and invitational discus events were contested.

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