Nov. 15, 2013
RIVERDALE, Utah - The Air Force men's and women's cross country teams earned respective fifth-place finishes at the 2013 NCAA Mountain Region Championships in Riverdale, Utah, on Friday, Nov. 15. The men's finish is tied for the program's best since 2003, while the women's standing is the best-ever for the program at a Division I regional.
Senior Isaiah Bragg paced the Falcons in the squad's first 10K race of the year, as he finished 13th in the 115-runner field with a career-best time of 29:49.6. Sophomore Patrick Corona, competing in his first 10K cross country race, finished 21st in the field with a time of 30:00.4. Junior Zach Perkins, also making his 10K debut, finished 33rd with a time of 30:16.2, while seniors Charlie Perkins and Gavin Owens rounded out the Falcons' scoring runners with respective 38th-place (career-best 30:21.3) and 39th-place (career-best 30:21.5) finishes.
Air Force, ranked 29th in the USTFCCCA National Poll, accounted for 144 total points to finish fifth in the overall team standings of the nation's toughest regional. Second-ranked Northern Arizona (61 points) edged top-ranked Colorado (69) for the Mountain Region team title, while No. 11 New Mexico (71), No. 5 BYU (109) and Air Force rounded out the top-five of the 17-team regional.
On the women's side, sophomore Hannah Everson clocked a 6K time of 21:06.6 to place 20th in the field of 136 runners. Everson's 20th-place finish is the best by a Falcon female at a regional championship in the last decade. Senior Annette Eichenberger finished 26th with a career-best time of 21:20.1, while freshman Lindy Long (43rd, career-best 21:40.1) and junior Heather Connick (44th, career-best 21:40.7) finished back-to-back. Freshman Samantha Skold rounded out the Falcons' scoring runners, as she finished 52nd with a personal-best time of 21:49.4.
The women scored 185 points to place fifth among 20 squads in the Mountain Region. Backed by four of the top-six finishers, 10th-ranked Colorado won the regional title with 29 points. Eighth-ranked New Mexico finished second with 64 points, while BYU (109 points), Weber State (160) and Air Force rounded out the region's top five.
While the top-two programs from each region earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships, the remainder of the national field will be announced tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 16) at 4:00 p.m. (ET).