May 7, 2013
The outdoor championship season begins this week for the Air Force track and field team, as it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2013 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The four-day event, which gets underway on Wednesday, May 8, will be held at Myron Partridge Stadium on the campus of UNLV.
The 2013 MW Outdoor Championships will be held at Sheila Tarr Smith Field at Myron Partridge Stadium (located at the corner of Swenson Street and Harmon Avenue). Single session tickets for Friday and Saturday's competition are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children (there is no charge for Wednesday or Thursday). Spectator parking will be located across the street from the south end of the track, near the baseball stadium.
The conference championships begin on Wednesday, May 8, with the first four events of the heptathlon (10:30 a.m.) and the first five events of the decathlon (11:00 a.m.). The multi-event competition concludes on Thursday, May 9, beginning at 11:00 a.m. (decathlon) and 11:30 a.m. (heptathlon). The running events begin at 8 a.m., on both Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, with the field events beginning at 10 a.m., and 9 a.m., respectively, those two days. A complete schedule of events is located on page 3 of this release.
FOLLOW ALONG FROM HOME
If you can't make it to the meet in Las Vegas, the conference will be offering live stats ... a direct link is available on the calendar at GoAirForceFalcons.com. All information pertaining to the Mountain West Outdoor Championships can be found on the Championship Central page at theMWC.com. Additionally, in-meet updates regarding the Falcons will be available on the team's Twitter page (@af_trackfield).
The Mountain West Outdoor Championships will feature all nine women's teams (Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Wyoming), as well as the men's program's from Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, New Mexico and Wyoming. San Diego State is the lone conference program ranked in the USTFCCCA national standings, as the Aztec women are ranked 22nd.
A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON
Since the formation of the Mountain West for the 2000 season, Air Force has been atop the outdoor medal podium on 50 occasions, while claiming 160 all-conference honors. Anthony Park, Ben Payne and Dana Pounds are the Academy's most decorated outdoor champions, as they have each won three titles.
STANDING TALL AT THE TOP
Air Force holds four of the conference's championship-meet records. On the men's side, Ben Payne has held the 10,000-meter record of 30:01.96 since 2004, while Cale Simmons set the pole vault mark of 18'1¾" last season. On the women's side, Dana Pounds set the javelin throw mark of 195'8" in 2005 and Olivia Korte tallied the meet's discus throw mark of 177'3" two years later (2007).
LAST YEAR AT THE CONFERNECE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Backed by seven conference champions, the men captured the first Mountain West Outdoor title in program history at the 2012 championships. Earning at least one scoring finish in every event they competed in, the Falcons bettered the field by 30.50 points. The women collected a pair of MW titles on the final day to match the best team finish in program history (sixth).
TOP 40 HITS
Three Falcons are listed among the nation's top 40, including two pole vaulters - Cale Simmons (fifth) and Joey Uhle (eighth) - that are ranked in the top 10. Jeremy Drenckhahn is also listed among the men's top-40, as he is ranked 38th in the 10,000-meter run. In addition, Annette Eichenberger (800-meter run, 45th), Jen Bremser (steeplechase, 48th) and James Chambers (discus throw, 50th) are ranked among the nation's top 50.
MALONE NAMED AIR FORCE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Morgan Malone was selected as the Air Force Athlete of the Week after breaking the program's 32-year-old Sophomore Class Record in the 100-meter dash during the Air Force Twilight Open on May 3. Clocking the sixth-fastest time in Academy history at 12.30 to finish as the top collegiate in the 100-meter dash, Malone broke the Class standard of that Apryl Ford had held since 1981 by 0.04 seconds. Malone also won the 200-meter dash with her best wind-aided time of the season (24.96) and ran on the 4x100-meter relay team that clocked a time trial of 48.77.
GOING FARTHER AND FARTHER
Danielle Tabb used a career-best distance of 48'4¾" to win the shot put and move into third on the program's all-time list at the Air Force Twilight Open on May 3, while Becca Bauman made a three-foot personal improvement in the hammer throw to win that event and take over seventh on the program's top-10 list.
MORE IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO ALL-TIME LIST
Melissa Fuerst won the 1500-meter run at the Air Force Twilight Open, while improving her third-place standing on the team's all-time list. Fuerst's winning time of 4:36.17 is converted to 4:25.89 due to the altitude at the Academy. That time, a personal improvement of 0.05 seconds, is the third-fastest time in program history.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Select Falcons return to action on May 23-25, when they travel to Austin, Texas, for the preliminary round of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium.