Oct. 12, 2013
VICTORIA, Kan. - Members of the Air Force cross country team returned to action today (Saturday, Oct. 12) at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open in Victoria, Kan. Finishing 19th among the 226 runners in the men's 8K race at Sand Plum Nature Trail, sophomore Grant Caswell paced the Falcons to a sixth-place finish in the team standings.
Caswell clocked a time of 25:05.40 in the 8K race to finish 19th overall and 15th among collegiate runners. Freshman Matthew Dorsey finished 35th with a time of 25:25.10, while classmate Ryan Graf finished 38th in 25:33.20. Junior Zach Christenson crossed the finish line in 25:35.10 to place 42nd, while sophomore Andrew Hood rounded out the scoring finishers with a 49th-place time of 25:45.10.
Four other Air Force runners also competed this morning, including sophomore Sean Bapty, who placed 57th with a time of 25:50.40. Classmate Daniel Shellhouse finished in 25:59.40 to place 67th, while freshman Jason Engel recorded a time of 26:09.10 to finish 79th. Senior Matt Caldwell rounded out the Air Force contingent with a time of 27:36.20 (145th).
Air Force finished sixth among 22 collegiate programs with 159 points. Adams State, the top-ranked program among Division II programs, won the men's race with 33 points, while Nebraska-Kearney, who is receiving votes in the DII coaches' poll, finished second with 76 points. Host Fort Hays State scored 106 points to finish third, while Colby College (fourth, 134 points) and Northwest Missouri (fifth, 145 points) rounded out the top five.
In addition, three Falcons competed individually in the women's 5K race this morning. Sophomore Emily Wagemaker paced the trio with a 36th-place time of 19:08.76, while freshman Morgan Fagnant finished 43rd (19:17.41) and classmate Taylor Schwenke placed 55th (19:36.97).
Air Force returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 19, when they travel to Madison, Wis., for the fifth-annual adidas Invitational. The race, which will be held at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, is slated to begin at 11 a.m. (CST) with the men's 8K race.