Sept. 26, 2013
After two weekends off from competition, the Air Force cross country team returns to action this Saturday (Sept. 28), as eight men and three women head to Boulder, Colo., for the 28th-annual Rocky Mountain Shootout. The women will kick off the morning with a 5.8K race at 9 a.m., while the men will compete in an 8K race at 9:45 a.m.
The Rocky Mountain Shootout, hosted by the University of Colorado and entering its 28th year, is one of the longest-running collegiate cross country meets in the country. The competition, which features collegiate and unattached runners, will be held at the Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course on Colorado's south campus. Both admission and parking are free.
DIRECTIONS TO BUFFALO RANCH CROSS COUNTRY COURSE
From the Denver Area and South: Take 1-36 west (from I-25 or I-270) and exit at Table Mesa/South Boulder Road, via right at fork on off ramp). Take a left on Table Mesa, go through the first set of lights and proceed over the bridge (US-36). At the second light, take a left into the Buffalo Ranch entrance, which is also marked as Rich's Tennis School. Directions from additional areas of Colorado can be found at CUBuffs.com.
WOMEN RANKED THIRD IN FIRST MIDSEASON POLL
The men were ranked second in the Mountain West Midseason Coaches' Poll (Sept. 25), while the women were listed third. Like the league's preseason poll, the men received 42 total points and one first-place vote to trail New Mexico by just seven points. The women, ranked fourth in the preseason poll, gained two points from the conference coaches (74 total) to move into third.
AIR FORCE MEN CONTINUE TO RECEIVE VOTES IN USTFCCCA COACHES POLL
The men have been listed among the "receiving votes" section of the USATFCCCA Coaches' Poll during each of the first three polls of the season. With 10 points, the Falcons are currently third in the "receiving votes" section and 33rd overall.
HAWKINS AND EVERSON COLLECT WEEKLY AWARDS
Jake Hawkins and Hannah Everson were named Mountain West Runners of the Week following their respective race titles at the Colorado State Open on Sept. 6. The pair, which also shared the Air Force Athlete of the Week award, marked just the fourth time since the program joined the Mountain West that Academy runners shared the weekly awards.
SWEEPING IT UP
Air Force swept the individual titles at the Colorado State Open on Sept. 6, as Jake Hawkins and Hannah Everson finished first in their respective 5K races. Hawkins clocked a career-best time of 14:55.10 to better the 115-runner men's field by nearly two seconds, while Everson used a personal-best time of 18:02.00 to beat the other 76 runners in the women's race by nearly 33 seconds.
FALCONS CLAIM TEAM TITLES AT COLORADO STATE OPEN
Air Force opened the season with a sweep of the team titles at the Colorado State Open on Sept. 6 in Fort Collins. In addition to finishing first among the seven collegiate teams in their respective events, the men and women both posted perfect 3-0 records against their Division I counterparts from Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Wyoming.
RECAPPING THE MEN'S RACE
With four runners placing within the top eight of the 5K race, the men scored just 29 points to better the seven-team field by 36 points. Jake Hawkins and Isaiah Bragg finished first and second, respectively, while Riley Coates (sixth) and Patrick Corona (eighth) placed within the top eight at Gavin Owens (12th), Charlie Perkins (29th) and Dan Caddigan (32nd) rounded out the scoring finishes in the 115-runner race.
RECAPPING THE WOMEN'S RACE
With a four top 15 finishes, the women outscored the seven-team field by 22 points to win at Colorado State. While Hannah Everson (first) and Lindy Long (eighth) claimed top-eight finishes, Rebecca Esselstein (11th) and Heather Connick (15th) placed within the top 15. Samantha Skold (18th), Taylor Drolshagen (23rd) and Kirsten Linnartz (28th) rounded out the scoring finishers for the Falcons in the 77-runner event.
Air Force heads to South Bend, Ind., on Friday, Oct. 4, for the 57th-annual Notre Dame Invitational. The meet, which will be held on the ND Golf Course and feature five different races, is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. (EST).