June 2, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A program-record five members of the Air Force track and field team were selected to compete in six events at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the selection committee announced this afternoon (June 2) from the national office in Indianapolis, Ind. The five Falcons will join 541 other student-athletes from around the country at the national meet on June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.
All five Falcons earned a spot on the national roster following top-five finishes at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, held this past weekend (May 28-29).
It will be the first national championship appearance for all but one member of the Air Force contingent. Junior Nick Frawley will be making his third consecutive appearance at the national outdoor meet, after placing third at the regional meet with an outdoor career-best clearance of 17'7". His height is tied for the ninth-best in the nation entering the NCAA Championships.
Classmate Sara Neubauer will make her national debut in a pair of events, as she finished second in the shot put (Academy record 54'0") and third in the discus throw (173'8") at the regional meet. She is currently ranked 11th in the shot put and 12th in the discus in the national descending order list.
Senior Sean Houseworth automatically qualified for the 10,000-meter run with an Academy record time of 28:33.71 back in March and enters the national meet ranked ninth. He also earned a qualifying time in the 5000-meter run, but due to the time schedule will focus solely on the 10,000-meter run.
Another pair of seniors will be making their national debut at the 2009 championships following strong performances at the regional meet. Kellen Curry placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.88, while Daniel Castle finished fifth in the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:47.26. Curry is ranked 23rd in the hurdles on the national descending order list, while Castle is ranked 25th in the 1500-meter field.
Action for the 2009 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships begins June 10-13 at Arkansas' John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark.