Jan. 30, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Junior Nash Mills matched the Academy's individual vault record (15.850) and paced the Falcons to a new team standard on that event (62.200), as the 14th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team scored a season-best score of 329.800 to place third at a quadrangular meet at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday, Jan. 30.
The Falcons improved their season score by four points to finish third in the four-team meet. Eighth-ranked Minnesota won its home meet with a score of 350.550, while No. 10 Nebraska placed second with a score of 342.400. Calgary finished fourth with a combined score of 302.050.
Mills scored a career-best 15.850 to finish third in the event standings. That mark tied the standard current sophomore Devin Menefee set last season.
Mills led three Falcons to finishes within the top 10 on the vault. Sophomore Joel Uptmor placed sixth with a score of 15.700 and Menefee tied for 10th with a score of 15.600. The marks by Uptmor and Menefee tied for the third- and fourth-best scores in Academy history.The trio guided the Falcons to a combined score of 62.200 in that event. That score is the best ever for the Air Force vault team, surpassing the mark of 61.750 that was set last year. In fact, in just two meets this season, the Falcons have accounted for two of the top three vault scores in program history.
Mills also collected a top-10 finish on the still rings, as he scored a 14.200 to place ninth. He used additional scores of 14.200 (floor exercise), 11.550 (pommel horse), 12.800 (parallel bars) and 13.150 (high bar) to place sixth in the all-around with a combined score of 81.750.
Senior Garrett Canter posted the Falcons' best finishes on the parallel bars and high bar. Canter placed eighth on the parallel bars with a career-best score of 13.850. Improving his personal-best mark by .100, Canter moved into a tie for 13th on the program's all-time list. The senior co-captain also tied for eighth on the high bar with a score of 13.450.
Uptmor was the top-scoring Falcon on the still rings, tying for fourth with a career-best score of 14.300. Junior Dan Klimkowski collected a sixth-place finish on the pommel horse (13.300), while sophomore Chase Nobles picked up a 10th-place score of 13.050 on that event. Freshman Thomas Wilkinson paced the Falcons on the floor, scoring a total of 14.400 to place 12th. That total moved the freshman into a tie for the 15th-highest score in Academy history. Classmate Tory Brown also earned a top-10 finish, placing 10th on the high bar with a score of 13.400. A personal improvement by over one point, Brown's score tied for the 15th-best mark in program history.
Air Force is off from team competition next weekend, while three members of the squad travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the prestigious Winter Cup Challenge on Feb. 4-6. Mills, Uptmor and Brown will represent the Falcons at the nationally-recognized meet.