Nash Mills and Devin Menefee Lead Falcons Over Sun Devils
Feb. 27, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - Backed by five first-place finishes, one Academy record and nine career-best finishes, the No. 14 Air Force men's gymnastics team defeated Arizona State with a season-high team score of 335.900 in Tempe, Ariz., late Friday (Feb. 26) night. Junior Nash Mills paced the Falcons with three first-place scores and an Academy record-matching performance on the parallel bars.
As a squad, the Falcons posted season-high marks on the floor exercise (56.100), pommel horse (52.700), still rings (58.200) and parallel bars (55.000), en route to a season-best team total of 335.900. That combined mark bested the previous season-high by over three points. Air Force defeated Arizona State by a 335.900-333.600 margin.
Claiming three first-place finishes, Mills paced the Falcons with a career-best night. The junior matched the program standard on the parallel bars, winning the event with a score of 14.900. In fact, Mills' score was one whole point better than the rest of the field. He also used a season-best performance to tie for first on the high bar (13.800), while claiming the outright all-around title with a personal-best 86.300. His all-around score is a personal improvement of one point and is the eighth-highest score in Academy history. Finishing within the top four of every event, Mills recorded personal-best scores on the pommel horse (13.550, third) and still rings (14.800, second).
Sophomore Devin Menefee picked up a pair of event titles on the still rings (14.850, season-best) and vault (15.800, season-best). He also tallied a career-best mark of 13.850 on the floor exercise.
Air Force claimed a pair of top-three finishes from freshman Travis Langham, as he placed third on both the floor exercise (14.100) and vault (15.150). He also upped his career-best still rings score to 14.000 during the night.
Sophomore Joel Uptmor placed third on the high bar with a season-best 13.650, while finishing fifth on the floor with a season-high tally of 14.000. Junior Dan Klimkowski picked up a pair of top-five marks, including a career-best, third-place score of 14.550. Klimkowski also added a fifth-place, season-best score of 13.300 on the parallel bars.
Air Force returns to the Academy on Friday, March 5, for a tri-meet with Stanford and Illinois-Chicago.