Sept. 29, 2012
BOULDER, Colo. - The Air Force men's cross country team placed third among Division I teams at the 27th annual Rocky Mountain Shootout on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Boulder, Colo. Junior Carl Eifert led the men's team, while classmate Annette Eichenberger paced four members of the women's team in a non-team scoring outing.
Eifert was the Falcons' top finisher at the Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course, clocking an 8K time of 26:54 to finish 28th in the 202-runner race. Senior Ted Artz clocked in at 27:04 to finish 32nd, while junior Carson Fugal and freshman Patrick Corona finished 44th (27:28) and 48th (27:32), respectively. Freshman Dan Caddigan rounded out the Falcons' scoring runners with a 56th-place time of 27:46.
Air Force was represented by five other freshmen at the Rocky Mountain Shootout. Casey Peloquin finished 89th in 28:25, while Evan Fortney and Daniel Shellhouse placed 94th (28:35) and 99th (28:40), respectively. Sean Bapty clocked in at 29:08 to finish 118th and Andrew Hood rounded out the field with a 136th-place time of 29:37.
With the top five finishes and just 15 points, Colorado won its own meet for the 22nd consecutive year, while Wyoming placed second with 52 points. The Falcons, whose scoring runners all placed among the top 20 of DI runners, accumulated 76 points to finish third, while Northern Colorado tallied 114 points to round out the Division I programs with a fourth-place finish.
In addition, four members of the women's team competed in the 5.8K race at the Rocky Mountain Shootout. Eichenberger paced the quartet with a time of 22:41 to place 19th in the 167-runner event. Classmate Adrianna Dong finished 27th with a time of 23:17, while sophomore Marie Rossillon and freshman Emily Wagemaker finished 63rd (24:38) and 70th (24:54), respectively.
Air Force returns to action next Saturday (Oct. 6), when it travels to Denver for the Metro State Invitational. The meet, which will be held at Washington Park, begins at 10 a.m., with the men's 8K race. The women's 6K event is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m.