Oct. 3, 2006
The Air Force cross country team heads to Hays, Kan., this weekend, for the annual Fort Hays State Tiger Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7. Air Force has claimed the past two Fort Hays State Tiger Invitational men's titles, as well as the 2004 women's title (the Falcons didn't compete in the women's meet last season). The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., on the campus of Fort Hays State.
Weekly Release 04: at Fort Hays Invitational
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HISTORY 101: Air Force took top team honors one year ago behind a fourth-place finish from Anthony D'Amato and an eighth-place finish from Calvin Glass. In 2004, the Falcons swept the meet, as Richard Elmore and Lindsay Grose led their respective teams to race championships.
IN THE RANKINGS: The men's team is receiving votes in the weekly coaches' poll, sponsored by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.
WOMEN'S UTAH RECAP: Backed by four top-10 finishes, the Air Force women finished second at the Utah Fall Festival on Sept. 29. Kelly Robinson clocked a 6k-time of 22:53 to finish fourth in the field of 51. Robinson was one of four Falcons to finish within the top-10. Brittany Morreale registered a time of 22:57 to place sixth, while Margaret Frash and Allison Romanko finished ninth and 10th, respectively, with times of 23:24 and 23:32.
VAN WYNGAARDEN LEADS TEAM TO WIN: Josh Van Wyngaarden led an impressive showing by the Air Force men, as they won the Utah Fall Festival on Sept. 29. With a time of 25:25, van Wyngaarden paced a Falcon contingent that saw four runners place within the top five. Richard Elmore crossed the finish line in a time of 25:41 to place second, while Matt Williams placed fourth with a time of 25:40. Ian McFarland finished fifth with a time of 25:46, while Sean Houseworth rounded out the Air Force scorers with a sixth-place time of 25:49.
MORE FROM UTAH: In addition to the top-six finishers, Air Force placed seven other athletes within the top-20. Kenny Grosselin placed ninth (25:55), while Scott Balcao finished 11th with a time of 26:10. Jason Beck (26:24), Parker Cowles (26:26) and Sebastian Ortiz (26:31) crossed the finish line in a row, claiming the 13th-15th positions. Justin Mason posted a 17th-place time of 26:51, while Thomas Richter placed 19th in 25:38.
GET USED TO IT: Salt Lake City's Rose Park Golf Course is the site of the 2006 Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships, which will be held Oct. 28.