Oct. 26, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Air Force men's and women's cross country team finished second and fourth, respectively, at the 2012 Mountain West Cross Country Championships on Friday, Oct. 26, in Las Vegas, Nev. The men placed three individuals within the top 10, while the women tallied their best point total in program history.
Backed by junior Isaiah Bragg, the men placed three runners within the top 10, while all five scoring runners placed within the top 12. Bragg completed the 8K course at Silver Bowl Sports Complex and Park in a time of 24:43.40 to finish seventh, while seniors Matt Bell and Jeremy Drenckhahn finished ninth (24:44.42) and 10th (24:47.33), respectively. Sophomores Elliot Myers clocked a time of 24:47.63 to finish 11th, while classmate Riley Coates rounded out the scoring runners with a 12th-place time of 24:51.07.
In addition, senior Andrew Quallio placed 13th with a time of 24:52.89, while junior Lance Wolfsmith clocked in at 25:09.54 to finish 24th, junior Gavin Owens placed 26th in 25:12.95 and classmate Charlie Perkins finished 36th in a time of 25:40.58.
With all five runners finishing within the top eight, New Mexico claimed its fourth straight title with just 22 points. Air Force finished second with 49 points, while Colorado State rounded out the top three with 75 points. Boise State tallied 102 points to finish fourth, while Wyoming and Fresno State rounded out the field with respective fifth- (147 points) and sixth- (154) point finishes.
On the women's side, senior Melissa Fuerst matched her best finish at the conference championship meet, as she clocked a season-best time of 21:19.59 to place ninth. Classmate Jen Bremser finished 11th with a time of 21:27.35, while fellow senior Morgan Mosby completed the 6K course in a career-best 21:47.98 to place 19th. Crossing the finish line just one second apart, senior Kate Kanetzky (26th, 22:05.93) and sophomore Rebecca Esselstein (27th, 22:06.93) rounded out the Falcons' scoring.
Junior Annette Eichenberger made her 6K season debut at the conference meet, posting a time of 22:11.58 to finish 30th, while sophomore Heather Connick placed 35th with a time of 22:17.17. Freshmen Hannah Everson and Anna Olesinski rounded out the Air Force contingent by finishing 37th (22:21.28) and 42nd (22:33.28), respectively.
New Mexico collected three of the top-five finishes to win the women's title with 35 points. Colorado State finished second with 63 points, while Boise State tallied 72 points to finish third. The Falcons scored a program-best 92 points to finish fourth, breaking the 100-point mark for just the second time in Academy history. With 149 points, Nevada edged Wyoming (151 points) for fifth, while Fresno State (seventh, 204), San Diego State (eighth, 210) and host UNLV (ninth, 278) rounded out the field.
The Falcons return to action on Friday, Nov. 9, when they travel to Fort Collins, Colo., for the NCAA Mountain Region Championships. Action begins at noon, with the women's 6K race.