Jake Schonig Places Fifth on Still Rings at Pacific Coast Classic
Feb. 21, 2009
OAKLAND, Calif. - Highlighted by a fifth-place finish on the still rings from senior Jake Schonig, the Air Force men's gymnastics team concluded competition at the prestigious Pacific Coast Classic on Saturday, Feb. 21, in Oakland, Calif. Schonig posted a season-best score of 15.200 for the Falcons' highest placement of the night.
The 2009 Pacific Coast Classic featured five of the top six teams in the nation, as well as members of the Japan Collegiate All-Star team.
Sophomore Nash Mills picked up an 11th-place finish in the all-around. Mills' best finish of the night came on the vault, as he scored a 14.800. Mills' vault score - the third-highest of his career - is tied for the 16th-best in Academy history.
Devin Menefee had a strong night, tallying career-best scores in three of the four events he competed in. The freshman improved his personal-high marks on the floor (13.250) and still rings (14.000), while debuting on the vault with a score of 14.600. In his first collegiate vault, Menefee moved into 20th on the program's all-time list.
Several Falcons finished among near the top half of the standings in their respective events. Sophomore Aaron Zaiser finished 24th on the floor exercise with a score of 14.450, while senior Josiah Loeser earned that same placement on the still rings with a mark of 14.400. Zaiser's floor mark is tied for the 12th-best in program history.
Air Force tallied a team score of 324.500 to finish sixth.
The Falcons travel to Tempe, Ariz., next Friday (Feb. 27) for the Southwest Cup - a triangular meet with Arizona State and Washington.