Air Force Collects Season-High Mark to Finish Second at Tri-Meet
March 5, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - With nine gymnasts tallying at least one career-best mark, the No. 14 Air Force men's gymnastics team posted its third-highest score ever (338.350) on Friday, March 5, at the Academy's Cadet West Gym. Sophomore Devin Menefee won the still wings with a career-best performance of 15.250, while junior Nash Mills took first in the all-around with a score of 84.750.
Stanford, ranked second in the nation, won the three-team meet with a combined score of 356.700. While the Cardinal took the lead in the first round, Air Force and Illinois-Chicago battled it out for second place during the entire meet. Taking the advantage in the final rotation, the Falcons placed second with a season-high score of 338.350 - the third-best tally in Academy history. Illinois-Chicago, ranked 12th in the latest GymInfo Poll, rounded out the three-team meet with a score of 336.200. Air Force's win over the Flames marked the team's first Division I victory of the season
Contributing to the Falcons' season-high combined score was a program-record 56.650 on the parallel bars, as well as season-high scores on the pommel horse (53.650), still rings (59.000) and high bar (55.300).
Menefee claimed his second still rings title in as many meets, as he improved his overall score on that event by .400. That performance also vaulted the sophomore into the program's all-time top-10. With the ninth-best score in Academy history, Menefee becomes just the third Air Force gymnast to crack the program's top-10 list.
Like Menefee, Mills won the all-around title for the second straight meet. Highlighted by a third-place finish on the parallel bars with a score of 14.750, Mills finished within the top seven on his final four events. He used a personal-best score of 14.350 to place fifth on the high bar, while also earning a sixth-place score on the vault (15.400) and a seventh-place tally on the still rings (14.700).
Freshman James Okamoto picked up a third-place finish on the pommel horse, behind a career-best score of 14.100. That mark is not only the best by any Air Force gymnast this season; it is the second-highest mark ever, sitting just .100 behind the Academy record score.
Sophomore Chase Nobles also finished within the top third of tonight's tri-meet, scoring a career-best 13.800 to tie for sixth on the pommel horse.
Air Force returns to the Academy's Cadet West Gym on Sunday, March 7, for an afternoon dual meet with Illinois-Chicago. Action begins at 1 p.m., and will feature the final home competition for senior co-captains Garrett Canter and Brennan Wolford.