Sept. 27, 2012
The Air Force cross country team returns to action this weekend for a pair of competitions. On Saturday, Sept. 29, select Falcons will travel to Lawrence, Kan., for the Rim Rock Farm Collegiate Classic, while the rest of the squad will head to Boulder, Colo., for the 27th annual Rocky Mountain Shootout.
MEET INFORMATION: RIM ROCK CLASSIC
The Rim Rock Farm Collegiate Classic will be held at Kansas' home course, Rim Rock Farm, which hosted the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 1998. The men's 8K race will begin at 9:00 a.m., while the women's 6K event will get underway at 10:00 a.m.
MEET INFORMATION: ROCKY MOUNTAIN SHOOTOUT
The Rocky Mountain Shootout, hosted by the University of Colorado and entering its 27th year, is one of the longest-running collegiate cross country meets in the country. The annual meet, held at the Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course, begins at 9 a.m., with the men's 8K race, while the women follow at 9:45 a.m., with a 5.8K event.
Colorado has dominated its home meet, claiming the last 21 men's titles and the last 13 on the women's side. The Air Force men have recorded a team-best second during four of the last 10 meets (2002-03-05-08). Most recently, the men placed third at Buffalo Ranch last year, while the women took fourth.
FALCONS SWEEP NEBRASKA TITLES
Air Force swept the University Division titles at the 23rd Woody Greeno Invitational on Sept. 15. With four top-10 finishes, the women claimed their first-ever team title at that meet, while the men used three top-10 times to successfully defend their team title.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
The 2012 Woody Greeno Invitational title by the men was the seventh in program history. The men also won the meet in 2011, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2000, while tying with Nebraska in 1999. The women's first team title snapped a little history for the host Huskers, who were going for their eighth straight team title.
WOMEN SHINE IN NEBRASKA
Highlighted by four top-10 finishes, the women defeated the 32-team field by 41 points to win the University Division title at the Woody Greeno Invitational. Jen Bremser and Melissa Fuerst finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 289-runner 6K race. Heather Connick (eighth) and Rebecca Esselstein (10th) also placed within the top-10, while Hannah Everson rounded out the scoring runners with a 22nd-place finish.
MEN SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND TITLE
With three top-10 finishes, the men scored just 58 total points to defend their University Division title and place second overall in the 28-team 8K race. Isaiah Bragg placed third among 308 total runners, while Jeremy Drenckhahn and Andrew Quallio finished sixth and ninth, respectively. All five scoring runners placed within the top 25, as Riley Coates and Elliot Myers finished 19th and 21st, respectively.
The Falcons return to action next Saturday (Oct. 6), as they travel to Denver for the Metro State Invitational.