Air Force Heads to MWC Championships
Oct. 25, 2006
The Air Force cross country team makes a return trip to
AIR FORCE OPEN RECAP: Sophomore Justin Mason was the top scoring Falcon as the team hosted the annual Air Force Open on Oct. 21. Mason clocked a time of 27:29 to place sixth in the 23-competitor race. Freshman Thomas Ritcher placed seventh with a time of 27:38, while classmate Zach Nordahl finished ninth with a time of 27:51. Fellow freshman Arthur Grijalva rounded out the Falcons' top-10 contingent, crossing the finish line in 27:53 to place 10th.
MEN'S PRE-NCAA RECAP: Finishing within the top half of the 241-competitor race, Richard Elmore led the Falcons with a 97th-place finish, clocking a time of 24:53 on the 8k course. Josh Van Wyngaarden placed 131st with a time of 25:04, while Matt Williams clocked 25:14 to finish 152nd. Sean Houseworth and Ian McFarland rounded out the Air Force scorers, as Houseworth crossed the finish line in 25:20 (166th) and McFarland recorded a time of 25:25 (176th).
WOMEN'S PRE-NCAA RECAP: Kelly Robinson posted the top time for Air Force, clocking 22:33 to finish 184th. Brittany Morreale finished just two places behind Robinson, while recording the same time of 22:33. Margaret Frash placed 214th with a time of 22:56, while Allison Romanko clocked in at 22:58 to place 216th. Kate Papenberg rounded out the Air Force scoring runners, clocking 23:53 to finish 244th.
BALCAO WINS WEEKLY HONOR: Scott Balcao was named the Mountain West Conference men's cross country athlete of the week, the league office announced Oct. 10. He was the first Falcon to cross the finish line at the Fort Hays State Tiger Invitational, leading the Air force to its third straight team title at that meet. Clocking a time of 26:18, Balcao finished ninth in the 122-member race.
STILL ROLLING: For the third-straight season, the Air Force men won the Fort Hays State Tiger Invitational. Backed by a ninth-place finish from sophomore Scott Balcao, the Falcons totaled 78 points to win the 11-team meet.
ON THE HORIZON: Air Force has a weekend off from competition, as it prepares for the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships. The regional meet will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, at the UNM North Golf Course in