May 13, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Air Force track and field program collected 22 all-conference selections at the 2013 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the league office announced today. By finishing within the top three of their respective events, 20 individuals (22 events) and two relay teams earned all-MW distinction.
Senior Anthony Delgado, junior David Ptacek and senior Uzor Udensi paced the Falcons with three selections apiece, as each tallied one individual honor and competed on both relay teams. Delgado won the program's first 400-meter title in 13 years, while Ptacek finished second in that event and Udensi earned a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash. The trio was joined by sophomore Jake Spuller on the 4x100-meter relay team (second) and the 4x400-meter relay team (third).
Seniors James Chambers and Brian Ford each earned a pair of all-conference accolades, as two of five Air Force throwers to earn all-MW honors. Chambers and Ford finished second and third, respectively, in the discus throw, while Ford was the runner-up in the hammer throw and Chambers took third in the shot put. Freshmen Grant Hamilton and Garrett Griffin earned runner-up finishes in the shot put and javelin throw, respectively, while junior Tim Urista took third in the javelin.
Highlighted by senior Cale Simmons repeat of the conference title in the pole vault, Air Force swept the all-conference honors in that event. Classmate Rob Simmons finished second, while sophomore Joey Uhle took third.
The Falcons claimed two of three all-conference selections in the 10,000-meter run and high jump. Seniors Jeremy Drenckhahn and Matt Bell placed second and third, respectively, in the 10K, while sophomore Kobi Rex and senior Travis Smith earned the same respective placements in the high jump. Sophomore Zach Perkins earned all-conference honors in the 1500-meter run after winning the conference title, while classmate Blue Kearney took second in the long jump and junior Alex Lindsay finished third in the 800-meter run.
The 20 all-conference selections for the men's Mountain West championship team are the most in program history, easily breaking the previous mark of 17 that was set last year.
The women claimed a pair of all-conference selections, as senior Jen Bremser and junior Annette Eichenberger recorded second-place finishes in the 3000-meter steeplechase and 800-meter run, respectively.