Falcons Set to Host New Mexico, Northern Colorado in Tri-Meet
James Chambers

April 10, 2013

The Air Force track and field team remains at the Academy this week, as it hosts New Mexico and Northern Colorado in the first AF Triangular meet on Friday, April 12. The meet, which will be held at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex, is slated to begin at 2 p.m., and admission is free.

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The first AF Triangular will feature Air Force, its Mountain West counterparts from New Mexico and its regional opponents from Northern Colorado. It is the second straight week that the Falcons and Bears have faced one another at the Academy, as UNC competed at the Air Force Relays last week. Field events begin at 2 p.m., while the running events are slated to get underway at 3:30 p.m. Please note that the hammer throw will take place on the Upper Field, while the rest of the events will take place within the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex.

2:00 p.m.: Women's Hammer Throw, Men's Hammer Throw; 2:00 pm.: Men's Discus Throw, Women's Discus Throw, Women's Shot Put, Men's Shot Put, Men's Javelin Throw, Women's Javelin Throw; 2:30 p.m.: Women's Pole Vault, Men's Pole Vault; 2:30 p.m.: Men's High Jump, Women's High Jump; 2:30 p.m.: Women's Long Jump, Women's Triple Jump; 2:30 p.m.: Men's Long Jump, Men's Triple Jump; 3:30 p.m.: 4x100-Meter Relay, 1500-Meter Run, 100-Meter/110-Meter Hurdles, 400-Meter Dash, 100-Meter Dash, 800-Meter Run, 400-Meter Hurdles, 200-Meter Dash, 3000-Meter Run, 4x400-Meter Relay (women will compete first in all track events).

Air Force has two pole vaulters ranked among the nation's top seven, thanks to their recent performances two weeks ago at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Cale Simmons is ranked fourth in the pole vault with an Academy-record 18'4¾", while Joey Uhle is ranked seventh with a mark of 18'1". In addition, Simmons' clearance is a B-Standard mark for this summer's World Championships and Uhle has cleared the 18-foot bar in two of his three meets this outdoor season. The sophomore added an 18'0" vault at the Air Force Relays, which itself would be ranked among the top-12 in the NCAA.

Air Force has two of its members listed on the USTFCCCA list of football players who also compete in track and field. James Chambers is ranked sixth in the discus throw (171'5") and seventh in the shot put (53'3½"), while Garrett Griffin - after just one competition - is ranked eighth in the javelin throw (194'10"). Chambers' mark in the shot put is third among DI athletes, while Griffin holds the same DI placement in the javelin.

Five individual incursions were made to the program's all-time standings at the Air Force Relays on April 6. Rachel Herald equaled the second-best high jump clearance in Academy history (5'7"), while Angelea Ross moved into fifth on the program's all-time list in the triple jump (38'2¾"). Paige Shirley and Becca Bauman moved into eighth on the Academy's all-time list in the pole vault (11'11¾") and hammer throw (164'7"), respectively, while Kendra Smith debuted in ninth on the program's all-time heptathlon standings with 4,170 points.

Both the men and women impacted the program's all-time standings in the 4x100-meter relay at the Falcons' home meet on April 6. The men's quartet of Uzor Udensi, Anthony Delgado, Jake Spuller and Blue Kearney clocked the 10th-fastest time in program history (40.94), while the women's relay of Bethany Gross, Naomi Alston, Morgan Malone and Kassie Gurnell matched the program's 10th-fastest time (48.59).

Several Falcons pulled double duty at the Air Force Relays, competing in events both on the track and on the field. Bizzy Mellado won the pole vault with a season-high clearance of 12'10" and then ran the 400-meter leg of the distance medley relay that finished first in a time of 12:47.22. Kassie Gurnell won the triple jump (40'10½") and anchored the 4x100-meter team that clocked the 10th-fastest time in program history (48.59), while Regan Rogers competed in the high jump (sixth, 5'3") and made her collegiate debut in the 400-meter hurdles (69.00).

The Falcons swept the men's and women's event titles in the distance medley relay and pole vault at the Air Force Relays on April 6. Joey Uhle cleared 18-feet for the second straight week to take first in the men's pole vault (18'1"), while Bizzy Mellado won the women's event with a season-high 12'10". Mellado also ran a leg of the winning women's distance medley relay team (12:47.22), joining Rebecca Esselstein, Hannah Everson and Taylor Drolshagen. The men completed the sweep of the DMR, as Grant Caswell, Steel Shoaf, Patrick Corona and Kevin Mihalik won their race in a combined time of 10:28.14.

The Air Force men's 4x400-meter relay team of Uzor Udensi, David Ptacek, Anthony Delgado and Jake Spuller bettered the field by five seconds (3:16.77), while the women's 4x200-meter team of Erica Carson, Heather Shepard, Morgan Malone and Bethany Gross took first in 1:43.55. Nikki Freeman also picked up an event title for the Falcons on April 6, as she won the javelin throw with a mark of 139'10".

The Falcons head back out on the road next week, traveling to California for several meets. Air Force's multi-event athletes will compete in the Mt. SAC/California Invitational Heptathlon and Decathlon on April 17-18 in Azusa, while the rest of the squad will compete in the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18-20 in Walnut and at the Beach Invitational in Cerritos on April 20.



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