Air Force Sweeps Team Titles at Colorado State Open
Jake Hawkins

Sep 6, 2013

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Backed by individual event titles from senior Jake Hawkins and sophomore Hannah Everson, the Air Force cross country team opened the 2013 season with a sweep of the team titles at the Colorado State Open on Friday, Sept. 6, in Fort Collins.

With four runners placing within the top eight of the 5K race, the men scored just 29 points to easily take the team title. Wyoming finished second with 65 points, while Western State (third, 75 points), Colorado State (fourth, 81) and Colorado School of Mines (fifth, 91) rounded out the top five. Metro State finished sixth with 167 points, while Northern Colorado finished seventh with 224 points.

The meet also featured dual meet scoring between the Division I teams with Air Force defeating Colorado State (21-35), Northern Colorado (15-50) and Wyoming (20-35).

Air Force earned the top-two individual finishes in the men's 5K race, as Hawkins won with a time of 14:55.10 and classmate Isaiah Bragg finished second in 14:56.90. Junior Riley Coates (sixth, 15:05.20) and sophomore Patrick Corona (eighth, 15:08.00) also finished within the top eight, while senior Gavin Owens (12th, 15:16.30), classmate Charlie Perkins (29th, 15:36.70) and sophomore Dan Caddigan (32nd, 15:41.90) rounded out the Falcons' scoring finishes.



With 53 total points, the women outscored the other teams by 22 points. Host Colorado State finished second with 75 points, while Western State (third, 80 points), Metro State (fourth, 98) and Wyoming (fifth, 100) completed the top five, while Northern Colorado and Colorado School of Mines rounded out the field with respective sixth- (117 points) and seventh-place (170) finishes.

In dual meet scoring, Air Force posted a 3-0 mark against the Division I teams from Colorado State (22-33), Northern Colorado (20-40) and Wyoming (20-39).

On the women's 5K course, Everson won the race in a time of 18:02.00, while freshman Lindy Long placed eighth (18:34.70) in her collegiate debut. Juniors Rebecca Esselstein and Heather Connick placed within the top 15 behind respective 11th- (18:42.20) and 15th-place (18:51.50) finishes, while freshman Samantha Skold (18th, 18:55.00), junior Taylor Drolshagen (23rd, 19:02.90) and freshman Kirsten Linnartz (28th,19:14.80) rounded out the scoring finishes for the Air Force women.

Ten other men also competed in the season-opening meet around the parking fields of Hughes Stadium. Senior Carl Eifert finished 41st in a time of 15:51.20, while freshmen Daniel Lara and Kyle Eller placed 52nd (15:59.20) and 54th (16:00.70), respectively. Air Force claimed three straight placements in the later stages of the race, with sophomore Daniel Shellhouse (16:07.60), junior Zach Christenson (16:08.90) and sophomore Grant Caswell (16:09.80) finishing 59th-61st, respectively. Freshman Ryan Graf clocked in at 16:24.40 to finish 72nd, while classmate Jason Engel placed 75th in a time of 16:31.40. Senior Matthieu Caldwell (80th, 16:41.30) and sophomore Andrew Hood (82nd, 16:47.30) rounded out the contingent of Air Force runners.

Five other female Falcons competed at Colorado State this evening, including sophomore Anna Olesinski, who finished 35th with a time of 19:28.20. Sophomore Emily Wagemaker and freshman Morgan Fagnant placed 52nd (20:10.10) and 56th (20:16.70), respectively, while fellow freshmen Taylor Schwenke and Amelia Ahner rounded out the Falcons' squad with respective 68th- (21:04.10) and 69th-place (21:08.60) finishes.

Air Force is off until Saturday, Sept. 28, when it travels to Boulder, Colo., for the annual Rocky Mountain Shootout at the Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course.

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