Nov. 13, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Air Force cross country team had three of its runners named to the all-region team at the conclusion of the NCAA Mountain Region Championships on Saturday, Nov. 13, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Based on finishes within the top 25, senior Justin Tyner and sophomore Jeremy Drenckhahn were named to the men's team and senior Katherine Ward was named to the women's team.
Tyner clocked a career-best 10K time of 30:11.9 to place 10th in the 110-runner field, while Drenckhahn crossed the finish line in a time of 30:17.3 to finish 13th. Tyner bettered his time at that distance by 19 seconds, while Drenckhahn shaved over two minutes off of the time he ran at last year's regional meet.
It is the second straight season that Tyner has earned all-region honors, while Drenckhahn claimed the first all-region accolade of his career.
Juniors Jon Rock and Jim Walmsley also finished within the top 35. Rock clocked a career-best time of 30:47 to finish 30th, while Walmsley posted a personal-best time of 30:49.7 to place 33rd. Senior Tyler Small rounded out the Falcons' scoring runners, as he placed 70th with a career-best time of 32:05.4.
Freshman Isaiah Bragg and sophomore Andrew Quallio also competed at the regional meet at Rose Park Golf Course, participating in the first 10K races of their careers. Bragg finished 75th in a time of 32:13.6, while Quallio concluded the course in 32:48.0 to finish 87th.
Air Force accumulated 155 points to place fifth in the 16-team event. New Mexico won the regional meet with 45 points, while Colorado placed second with 66 points. BYU and Northern Arizona placed third (80 points) and fourth (88 points), respectively, while Air Force rounded out the top five. The Falcons' fifth-place finish matches the best regional finish for Air Force since 2004.
Ward became the first member of the women's ream to place within the top 25 and earn all-region honors since 2005, as she clocked a career-best 21:20.3 to finish 25th in the 130-runner race. Ward's time is a 38-second improvement over her 6K time that she ran at the Pre-Nationals Meet earlier this season.
Three Falcons finished within 10 places of one another. Sophomore Melissa Fuerst placed 67th in a career-best time of 22:18.2, while classmates Jen Bremser and Morgan Mosby finished 70th (22:22.4) and 76th (22:30.0), respectively. Junior Katie Carroll rounded out Air Force's scoring runners with a 102nd-place time of 23:06.4.
Sophomore Kate Kanetzky and freshman Stephaney Saari also competed for the Falcons. Kanetzky crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 23:10.2, while Saari posted a career-best time of 24:09.9 to finish 124th.
The Falcons accounted for 335 points to place 14th in the 19-team race. Backed by three of top six places, New Mexico won the regional title with 53 points, edging out runner-up Texas Tech (55 points) and third-place Colorado (59 points). Fellow conference schools BYU (156) and Colorado State (175) rounded out the top five teams.
The selections for the NCAA Cross Country Championships will be announced tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 14) at 7 p.m. (EST). The 2010 national championship meet will be held on Monday, Nov. 22, in Terre Haute, Ind.