May 1, 2014
The Air Force track and field team returns to action this weekend, as it heads to Manhattan, Kan., for the Ward Haylett Invitational. The Falcons, competing in one location for the first time in several weeks, will face Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State in a scored meet on Saturday, May 3. Action is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m., with the women's javelin throw.
The Ward Haylett Invitational is a scored meet featuring Air Force, Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State. Using international scoring rules, only two athletes per school will count toward the team score (9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1), while relays will fall under the 9-7-6-5 point system. The meet, which will have live results available through kstatesports.com, will take place at R.V. Christian Track.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:30 a.m.: Women's Javelin Throw, Men's Javelin Throw; 12:00 p.m.: Women's Long Jump, Men's Long Jump, Women's Triple Jump, Men's Triple Jump; 12:30 p.m.: Women's Hammer Throw, Men's Hammer Throw; 1:00 p.m.: Women's High Jump, Men's High Jump; 1:00 p.m.: Women's Pole Vault, Men's Pole Vault; 2:30 p.m.: 3000-Meter Steeplechase, 4x100-Meter Relay, 1500-Meter Run; 3:30 p.m.: Women's Shot Put, Men's Shot Put; 3:30 p.m.: Men's Discus Throw, Women's Discus Throw; 3:40 p.m.: 400-Meter Dash, 100/110-Meter Hurdles, 100-Meter Dash, 800-Meter Run, 400-Meter Hurdles, 200-Meter Dash, 5000-Meter Run, 4x400-Meter Relay (women will compete first in all running events).
Three members of the Air Force track and field program - freshman Grant Garst (Inman), sophomore Garrett Griffin (Louisburg) and classmate Emily Wagemaker (Topeka) - hail from the state of Kansas, the site of this weekend's competition.
AROUND THE NATION
Highlighted by Annette Eichenberger's #9 ranking in the 800-meter run (2:04.52), eight Falcons are currently listed among the top-50 of the national standings. Dylan Bell and Joey Uhle are ranked 20th in the national standings of the pole vault with matching marks of 17'6½", while Zach Perkins (1500-meter run, 3:44.43, 39th) and Grant Hamilton (shot put, 59'10½", 40th) are listed in the top 40. Gavin Owens (3000-meter steeplechase, 8:57.31) and Blue Kearney (long jump, 24'7¾") are ranked 43rd in their respective events, while Cort Rogers rounds out of the list with a #47 spot in the pole vault (17'0¾").
AROUND THE CONFERENCE
The men currently hold three of the top-five Mountain West placements in the pole vault and javelin throw, as well as two of the top-three marks in the shot put. Dylan Bell and Joey Uhle share the lead in the pole vault with matching marks of 17'6½", while Cort Rogers is ranked third (17'0¾") and Kyle Pater is ranked fifth (16'0"). Taylor Hulslander is ranked second in the javelin throw with a toss of 201'4", while Garrett Griffin and Tim Urista are ranked fourth (199'6") and fifth (198'11"), respectively. In the shot put, Grant Hamilton leads the league with a toss of 59'10½", while Darby Maier is ranked third with a throw of 56'4". On the women's side, Annette Eichenberger is ranked first in the 800-meter run with a league-leading time of 2:04.52.
EICHENBERGER CLOCKS ACADEMY'S FASTEST DIVISION I 800-METER TIME
Finishing the 105th Drake Relays' 800-meter run in a time of 2:04.52, Annette Eichenberger became the program's fastest Division I female at that distance, cutting nearly two seconds from the previous DI time that had stood since 2010. Finishing second overall on the Blue Oval, bettered her own time by over two seconds to clock the fifth-fastest time in the history of the Mountain West Conference.
DMR SHATTERS ACADEMY RECORD
Zach Perkins, Alex Lindsay, Matt Dorsey and Patrick Corona shattered the Academy standard at the 120th Penn Relays on April 25, combining for a time of 9:40.12. In addition to finishing eighth in the Distance Medley Championship of America, the squad knocked over three seconds from the previous record that had stood since the 2012 season.
MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF
By running the 400-meter leg of the distance medley relay that set a new Air Force standard at the Penn Relays on April 25, Alex Lindsay has now competed on the two fastest outdoor DMRs in Academy history, as the senior ran the 800-meter segment of the previous record as a sophomore. Lindsay, who is listed individually among the program's all-time list in both the indoor and outdoor 800-meter races, has also ran on two of the program's three-fastest indoor DMRs, as he ran the 800-meter portions of that race as a sophomore and junior.
MAIER, CALDWELL MAKE TOP-10 IMPROVEMENTS AT COLORADO STATE
The men accounted for a pair of improvements to the program's all-time standings over the April 25-26 weekend, following a pair of top-10 performances at Colorado State's Jack Christiansen Invitational. Darby Maier continued his climb up the program's all-time list in the shot put, as he tossed a 56'9¼" - the third-best distance in Academy history - to take second, while Matthieu Caldwell debuted on the program's all-time list in the 800-meter run after clocking an altitude-converted time of 1:05.96 - the seventh-fastest time in Air Force history - to finish third amongst Division I runners.
IN A CLASS OF HER OWN
Hannah Everson recorded the third-fastest 5000-meter time in Air Force women's history at the Drake Relays on April 24, as she clocked a career-best time of 16:55.43. In addition to becoming just the fourth Falcon to break the 17-minute mark in that race outdoors, Everson shattered her own Sophomore Class Record, after subtracting 10 seconds from the previous mark she set earlier this season at Stanford.
MEDIA GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
The 2014 Air Force Track & Field Media Guide is now available online at GoAirForceFalcons.com.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force closes out the home slate next weekend with the annual Air Force Twilight Invitational on Friday, May 9. Action for the Falcons' final tune-up before the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships (May 14-17) is slated to begin on the field at 1:30 p.m., while the running events get underway at 3:30 p.m.