Devin Menefee and Mac Ritchie Collect Wins against No. 8 Minnesota
Jan. 28, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Highlighted by a victory on the still rings from senior Devin Menefee and a tie for the top spot on the high bar from sophomore Mac Ritchie, the 10th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team posted a season-high 337.700 during a dual meet with No. 8 Minnesota (345.400) on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Academy's West Gym.
Menefee tallied a 15.000 - his second-highest score of the season - to easily win the event. He paced two Falcons to finishes within the top half of that event, as sophomore Ben Zaiser scored a career-best matching 14.400 to place fifth on that event.
Ritchie matched his career high of 14.400 to tie for the top-spot on the high bar. Like Menefee, he was one of two Air Force gymnasts to place within the top half of the field on that event, as junior Tory Brown scored a 14.100 to tie for fifth.
The Falcons collected a meet-best three top-six finishes on the floor exercise, vault and parallel bars.
Freshmen Nick Gaudlip and Josh Ramos tied for second on the floor exercise with matching marks of 14.600, while Ritchie recorded that third-best score of the meet at 14.300. The 14.600 marks, career best for both Gaudlip and Ramos, are tied for 13th on the program's all-time list.
Brown paced the Falcons on the vault, scoring a career-best 14.300 to tie for third with Zaiser. Menefee also finished within the top six of that event, behind a score of 13.800.
Freshman Skyler Awisus tied for third on the parallel bars with a personal-best score of 14.400 - the ninth-highest score in Academy history, while Ramos and senior Jacob Houder finished fifth (14.200) and sixth (14.100), respectively. Ramos moved into 13th on the program's all-time list with that career-best score.
Junior James Okamoto and freshman Corbin Palmer finished fifth (13.800) and sixth (13.700), respectively, on the pommel horse. Palmer's score is a personal improvement of nearly one point and the 17th-highest score in Academy history.
The Falcons are off from team competition until Saturday, Feb. 18, when they travel to San Jose, Calif., for the annual All-Academy Championships. In the meantime, Brown will represent the Academy at the prestigious Winter Cup Challenge on Thursday, Feb. 2, in Las Vegas, Nev.