Oct. 29, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Highlighted by senior Justin Tyner's runner-up finish in the men's 8000-meter race, three members of the Air Force cross country team earned all-conference honors at the 2010 Mountain West Conference Championships on Friday, Oct. 29, in Laramie, Wyo. Tyner and junior Jon Rock earned first-team honors in the men's race, while senior Katherine Ward became the first female to earn all-MWC honors since 2005.
Running at an elevation of 7,200-feet, Tyner clocked a time of 25:09.5 at Jacoby Golf Course to match the Falcons' best-ever finish at a Mountain West Conference Championship meet. The senior is one of three Falcons to finish second at the conference meet, joining former Falcons Nick Wilson (2005) and Ben Payne (2003). Tyner, whose time was just eight seconds off of the meet winner, also joins Payne as the only Air Force runners to claim two first-team all-conference selections in a career.
Tyner was joined on the first-team all-conference list by Rock, who placed sixth in 25:15.8. The pair marked the first time since 2007 and only the fourth time ever that two Falcons claimed first-team honors at the same championship.
Sophomore Jeremy Drenckhahn just missed all-conference honors, as he placed 15th with a time of 25:38.0. Four of the five scoring runners placed within the top 20, as junior Jim Walmsley crossed the finish line in 25:47.5 to place 18th. Freshman Isaiah Bragg rounded out the scoring runners with a 30th-place time of 26:29.3.
Four other Falcons also competed in the men's 8000-meter race. Senior Tyler Small clocked a time of 26:55.6 to finish 35th, while freshman Lance Wolfsmith (27:31.1) and sophomore Andrew Quallio (27:46.7) placed 42nd and 44th, respectively. Sophomore Seth Pelletier rounded out the Air Force runners with a 47th-place time of 28:27.3.
With 40 points, New Mexico won its second consecutive title, while BYU collected 53 points to place second. Air Force took third with 68 points, while Wyoming (96 points), Colorado State (110) and TCU (166) rounded out the team finishes.
On the women's side, Ward became the first Air Force female since Nicole Graham in 2005 to earn all-conference accolades, placing 13th with a time of 22:27.6. Her placement is the best since that season and tied for the third-best MWC finish ever.
Sophomore Melissa Fuerst, freshman Carley Gross and sophomore Morgan all finished within the top half of the field. Fuerst recorded a time of 23:02.8 to place 24th, while Gross (23:22.1) and Mosby (23:28.7) placed 29th and 30th, respectively. Sophomore Kate Kanetzky rounded out the team's scoring runners, as she placed 43rd with a time of 24:14.4.
In addition to the scoring runners, four other Falcons competed at the conference meet. Sophomore Jen Bremser clocked a time of 24:15.7 to take 45th, while freshman Stephaney Saari (25:50.1), junior Katie Carroll (25:54.6) and freshman Tasha Mayne (26:08.3) finished 63rd, 64th and 65th.
Backed by all five scoring runners finishing within the top 10, New Mexico successfully defended its conference title with just 20 points. Colorado State placed second with 60 points, while BYU took third with 72. Claiming 132 points to finish fourth, Air Force edged out Utah (139 points) and Wyoming (141). San Diego State (214, seventh), UNLV (216, eighth) and TCU (219, ninth) rounded out the women's field.
Air Force returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 13, when it travels to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 2010 NCAA Mountain Region Championships. Action is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m., at Rose Park.