Falcons Head to Metro State Invitational

    Ted Artz

    Ted Artz

    Oct. 4, 2012

    Members of the Air Force cross country team will travel to Denver, Colo., for the third annual Metro State Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 6. The scoring meet, which will be held at Washington Park, begins at 10 a.m., with the men's 8K race.

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    MEET INFORMATION
    The Metro State Invitational will begin at 10 a.m., with the men's 8K race. The women, running a 6K course, are scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m. The men will run one 2000-meter loop, following by a pair of 3000-meter loops, while the women will run the two-loop, 3000-meter course.

    DIRECTIONS TO WASHINGTON PARK
    From south of Denver: Take I-25 north to Downing Street (exit 206). Turn right on Downing, right on Louisiana and right on Franklin. Parking will be at Denver South High School (quick left off of Franklin).

    IT'S A LITTLE BLUE AT THE TOP
    At the midway point of the season, Air Force is dominating the top of the Mountain West's 8K standings, accounting four of the conference's six fastest times. Isaiah Bragg currently leads the league with a time of 24:12.8, while Andrew Quallio is ranked third in 24:16.0. Matt Bell and Jeremy Drenckhahn round out the top six, as the pair is ranked fifth (2422.9) and sixth (24:27.1), respectively. On the women's side, the Falcons hold two of the top three times at the 6K distance, behind Jen Bremser (second, 20:59.8) and Melissa Fuerst (third, 21:41.2).

    BRAGG NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST RUNNER OF THE WEEK
    After clocking the fastest time in the conference this season at the Rim Rock Classic, Isaiah Bragg was named the Mountain West Runner of the Week on Oct. 2. The junior clocked a career-best 8K time of 24:12.8 to finish 10th among 159 runners in Kansas on Sept. 29, while pacing Air Force to a third-place finish in the team standings.

    BREMSER CLAIMS ACADEMY WEEKLY AWARD
    Jen Bremser earned Air Force Athlete of the Week honors on Oct. 1 after using a career-best time to pace the women to a fourth-place finish in the team standings at the Rim Rock Classic. Bremser improved her 6K time by 36 seconds to 20:59.8 to finish ninth in the 143-runner race.

    REGIONAL RANKINGS
    The men moved from sixth to fifth in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings (mountain region), while the women, who started the season in 12th, remained in seventh for the third straight week.

    MAKING A STATEMENT
    The men's and women's teams finished third and fourth, respectively, at the Rim Rock Classic in Kansas on Sept. 29. The men tallied 81 points to finish third behind host Kansas and 11th-ranked Indiana, while the women scored 128 points to take fourth behind a pair of nationally ranked teams in Michigan (11th) and Toledo (22nd).

    MEN FINISH NEAR TOP OF RIM ROCK FIELD
    Backed by Isaiah Bragg's 10th-place finish, the men placed all five scoring runners in the top 25 of the 159-runner race at Kansas. Andrew Quallio finished 12th with a personal improvement of over one minute, while Matt Bell and Jeremy Drenckhahn placed 17th and 19th, respectively, and Elliot Myers rounded out the scoring runners with a 23rd-place finish.

    BREMSER PACES FALCONS AGAIN
    Jen Bremser finished ninth among 143 runners to pace the Falcons for the third straight meet, while all scoring runners finished within the top 45. Melissa Fuerst placed 24th, while Heather Connick and Rebecca Esselstein finished 35th and 37th, respectively. Kate Kanetzky rounded out the counted runners with a 43rd-place finish.

    FALCONS PLACE THIRD AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN SHOOTOUT
    Air Force's men finished third among Division I teams at the 27th Rocky Mountain Shootout on Sept. 29, as Carl Eifert paced the Falcons with a 28th-place overall finish in the 202-runner race. All five scoring runners placed within the top 60, including Ted Artz (32nd), Carson Fugal (44th), Patrick Corona (48th) and Dan Caddigan (56th).

    BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
    Four members of the women's team also ran at the Rocky Mountain Shootout, but did not factor into the meet's Division I scores due to the small squad size. Annette Eichenberger paced the quartet with a 19th-place finish in the 167-runner event, while Adrianna Dong placed 27th. Marie Rossillon and Emily Wagemaker finished 63rd and 70th, respectively, to round out the group.

    LOOKING AHEAD
    Air Force returns to action next Saturday (Oct. 13), when it travels to Louisville, Ky., to face the country's elite at the annual Pre-Nationals. The meet will be held at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, site of the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

     

     

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