Four Falcons Earn All-Conference Honors
Oct. 27, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Four members of the Air Force men's cross country team earned all-conference honors, as the Falcons wrapped up competition at the 2007 Mountain West Conference Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Oct. 27. Overall, the men placed third - just one point behind runner-up New Mexico - while the women's team finished sixth.
Junior Matt Williams and senior Ian McFarland claimed first-team honors, while senior Josh Van Wyngaarden and junior Joe Curran accounted for second-team accolades. The four all-conference athletes are the most for an Air Force team since four were collected during the 2004 season
Four of the five scoring runners finished within the top 12, including three top-10 finishes. Williams finished in 24:57, placing fourth overall for the second all-conference selection in as many years. McFarland posted a sixth-place time of 25:02 to earn his first all-conference accolade.
Clocking a time of 25:22, van Wyngaarden finished 10th, while Curran's time of 25:24 was 12th. It is the first all-conference honors for either Air Force runner.
Junior Sean Houseworth rounded out the Falcons' scoring runners with a 20th-place time of 25:40. Sophomore Zach Nordahl and junior Parker Cowles also competed for the Falcons, clocking respective times of 26:01 (22nd) and 26:08 (26th).
BYU won its seventh team title with 46 points, while New Mexico edged the Falcons by one point (51 points). Behind Air Force's third-place finish (52 points) was a large margin, as the top three teams distanced themselves from the rest of the pack, Colorado State (105 pts.), Wyoming (118 pts.) and TCU (167 pts.) rounded out the field.
On the women's side, Air Force tallied 160 points for a sixth-place finish. The Falcons were led by sophomores Brittany Morreale and Katie Anderson. The duo clocked respective times of 22:44 and 22:49, Morreale and Anderson finished 22nd and 23rd.
Junior Danielle Pozun, the Falcons' final scoring runner, finished 42nd with a time of 24:15. Sophomore Ally Romanko and freshman Jessie Stimpson rounded out the Air Force contingent with respective times of 24:40 (48th) and 25:21 (53rd).
The Falcons return to action on Saturday, Nov. 10, when they travel to Riverdale, Utah, for the 2007 NCAA Mountain Regional Championships.