Falcons Head To NCAA Cross Country Championships
The Air Force men's cross country team concludes the 2004 season at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Monday, Nov. 22, in Terre Haute, Ind. The Falcons, who finished third in the regional competition last weekend, will travel to the LaVern Gibson Championship Course for its fourth trip in five years. The men's 10,000-meter race is scheduled to begin at noon.
RECAPPING THE REGIONAL MEET
The Air Force men's cross country secured a spot at the national championships with a third-place finish at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships on Nov. 13, in Fort Collins, Colo. Three Falcons earned all-region honors backed by top-25 finishes. On the women's side, Air Force took 11th.
Junior Mark Walter was the Falcons' top finisher, taking eighth of the 106 runners with a time of 30:10. Senior co-captains Abe Wengel and Brian Dumm joined Walter on the all-region team, with respective finishes of 19th (30:35) and 24th (30:41). Junior Nick Wilson just missed the cut for all-region with a 27th-place time of 30:45. Classmate Jeff Gosselin finished 36th with a time of 31:07, while Kalib Wilkinson and Travis Patterson finished 59th (31:48) and 66th (31:59), respectively.
On the women's side, Air Force finished with 264 points and an 11th-place finish. Sophomore Ashley Snyder was the top Falcon-finisher with a time of 22:13 and a 43rd-place finish. Junior Nicole Graham took 52nd with a time of 22:30, while sophomore Ashley Culp finished 57th (22:42). The four other members of the Air Force cross country team finished within six places of one another. Junior Andrea Pinchak took 60th (22:48), while classmate Lindsay Grose, freshman Kelly Robinson and sophomore Elizabeth Catherwood took 63rd through 65th. Grose clocked a time of 22:50, while Robinson and Catherwood recorded marks of 22:52.0 and 22:52.3.
THAT'S SOME PRETTY GOOD COMPETITION
There are 304 NCAA Division I men's cross country programs and only the Mountain West and the Big 10 Conferences had four programs ranked among the top-25.
Three members of the men's team were named to the all-region team at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships last weekend. Mark Walter, Abe Wengel and Brian Dumm all earned regional honors due to top-25 finishes. Walter and Dumm collected their second straight all-region accolades, while Wengel earned his first.
LAST YEAR AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The men's team made its way into the program's record book with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. With just 41 seconds separating its first and sixth-place runners, Air Force posted the highest team finish at a national meet since 1967, when the Falcons placed second under head coach Arne Arnesen (1962-77).