Falcons Set to Host Air Force Open

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    Oct. 17, 2007

    The Air Force cross country team closes out the 2007 regular season by hosting the annual Air Force Open on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the North Monument Valley Park. The race is slated to begin at 10 a.m., and will feature both the men's and women's teams.

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    FALCONS ALL TALLY SEASON-BEST TIMES AT PRE-NCAA MEET Led by Ian McFarland, the men finished 19th in the 38-team "Blue Race" of the Pre-NCAA Invitational on Oct. 13. Clocking a time of 24:06, McFarland finished 44th in the 261-competitor race. All seven of the Air Force runners shaved valuable seconds off of their season-best times. Matt Williams placed 78th with a time of 24:23, while Joe Curran posted a time of 24:26 to take 83rd. Josh Van Wyngaarden crossed the finish line in 24:50 to place 127th and Sean Houseworth rounded out the scoring runners with a time of 25:00.

    ON THE HORIZON
    Air Force opens postseason action at the Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27, in San Diego, Calif. The Falcons ran at Balboa Park once this season, where the men finished first at the Aztec Invitational.

    FALCONS TAKE FOURTH AT FORT HAYS
    Highlighted by three top-15 finishes, the "B" team picked up a fourth-place finish at the Fort Hays State Tiger Invitational on Oct. 6, in Hays, Kan. Junior Daniel Castle posted a team-best 11th-place finish of 26:29, while freshman Zach Nordahl placed 12th with a time of 26:27. Sophomore Austin Fritzke rounded out the Falcons' top-15 finishers (in a field that totaled 133 runners) with a 15th-place time of 26:50.

    AIR FORCE YOUNGSTERS SHINE IN BOULDER
    All five of the men's scoring runners finished within the top-17, as the "B" team wrapped up competition at the Rocky Mountain Shootout. Following sophomore Arthur Grijalva's 13th-place (28:00) finish, while classmate Ryan Workman clocked a time of 28:17 to finish 14th and fellow sophomore Andy Schweitzer finished 15th in a time of 28:25. Sophomore John Oliphint crossed the finish line in 28:31 to take 16th, while freshman Justin Tyner clocked 28:44 to take 17th.

    ROMANKO PACES YOUND SQUAD AT SHOOTOUT
    Highlighted by sophomore Ally Romanko Romanko's 16th-place finish, the women's team also accounted for four top-25 finishes at the Rocky Mountain Shootout, while all five scoring runners finished within the top 30. Freshman Rebecca Bodtke made her collegiate debut with a 23rd-place time of 25:25, while classmates Jessie Stimpson and Whitney Beck finished 24th and 25th, respectively with close 26:32 and 26:33 times. Sophomore Sara Juback rounded out the field with a 26th-place time of 27:35 in her season debut.

    MEN WIN SECOND STRAIGHT MEET
    Backed by a mere 50 points, Air Force won the team title at the Aztec Invitational on Sept. 15, in San Diego, Calif. All five of the Falcons' scoring runners finished within the top 15 and Air Force easily rolled to its second team title of the season. Junior Sean Houseworth tallied a time of 25:49 to place seventh of 110 total runners, while classmate Joe Curran took eighth in 25:55. Fellow junior Matt Williams rounded out the top-10 with a time of 25:57 (10th).

     

     

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