Falcons Kick Off Season with Air Force Holiday Open
Dec. 6, 2017

FalconVision Interview with Coach Lindeman

The Air Force track and field team kicks off the 2017-18 season this week, when it hosts the seventh-annual Air Force Holiday Open on Friday, Dec. 8, at the Cadet Field House Indoor Track. The non-scoring meet, which is free to the public, is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m., with the women’s weight throw.

Meet Notes 01: Air Force Holiday Open Get Acrobat Reader

The Air Force Holiday Open, the Falcons’ first home meet of the year, is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. (a complete schedule of events is listed below) at the Cadet Field House Indoor Track. Admission is free to all spectators. Live results will be available via GoAirForceFalcons.com (a direct link will be posted to the schedule page on Friday), while in-meet updates and Air Force highlights will be posted to the team’s official Twitter page (@af_trackfield).

3:00 p.m.: Women’s Weight Throw, followed by Men’s Weight Throw, Women’s Shot Put, Men’s Shot Put; 4:00 p.m.: Men’s Pole Vault, followed by Women’s Pole Vault; 4:00 p.m.: Women’s Long Jump, followed by Women’s Triple Jump; 4:00 p.m.: Men’s Long Jump, followed by Men’s Triple Jump; 4:00 p.m.: Women’s High Jump, followed by Men’s High Jump; 5:00 p.m.: Mile Run, followed by 60-Meter Hurdles, 500-Meter Dash, 60-Meter Dash, 1000-Meter Dash, 300-Meter Dash, Mile Relay (women will compete first in all running events).

Air Force’s roster includes two indoor All-Americans (Shelley Spires – high jump; Jamiel Trimble – 200-meter dash), one additional NCAA indoor qualifier (Kathryn Tomczak – pole vault), two Mountain West indoor champions (Spires – high jump; Trimble – 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles), six other all-MW indoor selections (Garrett Coalson – shot put; Carina Gillespie – mile; Logan Grizzle – pole vault; Brooks Hardy – weight throw; Sam Hinegardner – high jump; Megan Irvine – 400-meter dash) and six Academy record holders (Gillespie – mile; Irvine – 400-meter dash, Tyler Koss – 500-meter dash; Spires – high jump; Tomczak – pole vault; Trimble – 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles). The Falcons also return all four members of the 4x400-meter relay (Sedacy Walden, Chip White, Trimble, Koss) that sent the program’s indoor record in 2017.

A total of 14 Falcons hail from the state of Colorado, including five from Colorado Springs – Terrell Bradford (Palmer), Maria Mettler (Air Academy), Miguel Molas (James Irwin Charter), Jackson Spalding (Discovery Canyon), Conner Wilburn (The Classical Academy) – and one from Monument – Drew Lester (Palmer Ridge).The squad’s Centennial State roster also includes two runners from Arvada (Zac Petrie, Giulianna Vessa) and individuals from Eaton (Garrett Coalson), Denver (John Reynolds), Fort Collins (Preston Roche), Littleton (Noah Riley), Loveland (Megan Irvine) and Parker (Scott Johnson).

The Air Force Holiday Open is the first of five home meets for the Falcons during the indoor season. In addition to the December meet, the team will host the Air Force Combined Events Meet (Jan. 18-19), the Air Force Team Challenge (Jan. 19), the Air Force Invitational (Jan. 26-27) and the Air Force Collegiate Open (Feb. 16).

Ralph Lindeman, a 15-time conference coach of the year and six-time regional coach of the year, returns for his 29th season as the head coach of the Air Force track and field program. Lindeman is joined by associate head coach and vertical jumps coach Scott Steffan, middle distance and distance coach Ryan Cole, sprints and hurdles coach Beau Houston, javelin coach Dana Lyon and throws coach Keith Vance. The Falcons’ staff also includes volunteer coaches Bob Graf (horizontal jumps), Hanna Peterson (distance) and Mark Stanforth (distance), recruiting assistant Matt Layten and director of operations Lexi Bailey.

The distance runners of the Falcons’ track and field team accounted for one All-American (Mickey Davey), five all-region selections (Jacob Bilvado, Davey, Carina Gillespie, Andrew Johnston, Jaci Smith) and four all-conference honorees (Bilvado, Davey, Johnston, Smith) during the fall’s cross country season, while the men finished 15th at the NCAA Championships for their best national finish in 13 years.

The Falcons return to action on Friday-Saturday, Jan. 12-13, when they travel to Boulder, Colo., for the Potts Invitational



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