Members of the Air Force men’s cross country team return to action this Saturday (Sept. 16), when they travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the 29th-annual Woody Greeno/Dirksen Invitational at Pioneers Park. Action gets underway for the Falcons at 9:45 a.m. (CT), as the squad completes their first 8K race of the year.
The Woody Greeno/Dirksen Invitational, jointly hosted by the University of Nebraska and Nebraska Wesleyan University, will take place at Pioneers Park in southwest Lincoln (3201 S. Coddington). Due to the heat that is forecasted for Saturday, the start of the meet was moved up one hour. A women’s 6K will now kick off the day at 9:00 a.m. (CT), while the men’s 8K will follow at approximately 9:45 a.m.
WHO TO WATCH...
Air Force will send 12 of its members to Nebraska this weekend, including Jordan Armstrong, Hunter Boyer, Nic Cheuvront, Colin Dwyer, Scott Johnson, Drew Lester, Alec Schrank, Konrad Steck, Justin Weber, Marshall Wheeler, Trevor Whiteside and Josh Wojciechowski.
AIR FORCE AT PIONEERS PARK
The men have claimed the University team title of the Woody Green/Dirksen Invitational seven times (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2016), while sharing the title with Nebraska in 1999. Individually, Jim Walmsley captured back-to-back titles in 2010-11. The women have also captured a team title at the meet, as they won the 2012 title to snap Nebraska’s seven-year stretch of victories.
LAST YEAR AT NEBRASKA
Backed by a runner-up finish from Andrew Milliron and five of the top-seven Division I finishers bettered the field by nearly 30 points to win the University title at the 2016 Woody Greeno/Jay Dirksen Invitational. Milliron completed the 8K course in a time of 26:12.7, while Andrew Tankersley (26:18.2, fourth), Anthony Bucci (26:24.3, fifth), Tim Ward (26:25.1, sixth) and Conner Wilburn (26:25.1, seventh) rounded out the Falcons’ five-man scoring roster.
DAY IN THE LIFE
Check out the weekly notes for a Day in the Life feature of sophomore Jordan Armstrong.
MEN, WOMEN RECEIVING VOTES IN WEEK 1 POLL
Both Air Force squads are receiving votes in the first USTFCCCA poll of the 2017 regular season, with the women (25 points) and men (20 points) sitting at No. 33 in their respective rankings.
Air Force is off from competition until the end of the month, when the squad splits for a pair of races. Part of the team will travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Sept. 29, while the rest of the squad travels to Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Sept. 30, for the annual Rocky Mountain Shootout.