Nash Mills Sets Academy High Bar Mark as Falcons Take Second at UIC Quad
March 6, 2011
CHICAGO, Ill. - Highlighted by an Academy record-setting high bar performance from senior Nash Mills, the No. 12 Air Force men's gymnastics team tallied its second-highest score of the season - and sixth-best all-time - to place second at the Illinois-Chicago Quad meet on Sunday, March 6, in Chicago, Ill. In addition to tallying a program record, Mills won a share of two events, as well as the all-around.
Mills scored a career-best 14.900 to claim a share of first on the high bar, while breaking Greg Stine's 2008 Academy record of 14.650. He improved his personal performance by over a half-point to tie for the top spot on that event. He also won the vault with a score of 15.800 - a score just .100 off of his personal-best. Mills also led the team on the still rings, collecting a score of 14.500 to finish fourth.
The senior, who also finished within the top half of the field on the floor exercise (13.900, 12th) and parallel bars (13.800, 9th tie), matched his personal-best all-around score of 86.300 to place first in the five-athlete multi-event competition
Air Force gymnasts accounted for a share of the top three scores on the vault, as the squad improved the Academy team record on that event (62.800) for the second time in three meets. In addition to Mills' winning mark of 15.800, Menefee and sophomore Tory Brown tied for second with a pair of matching 15.700 scores. Freshman Ben Zaiser matched his career-best mark of 15.600 to record the meet's third-highest score and tie for sixth overall.
Freshman Colton Wulf, who finished fourth in the all-around with a career-high 83.200, was the Falcons' top finisher on the floor exercise, scoring a personal-best 14.800 to tie for fourth. He also improved his career-best mark on the high bar to 14.200 to place third, while earning a top-10 finish on the parallel bars, as he tied for ninth with a score of 13.800.
Sophomore James Okamoto garnered a team-leading score of 14.200 to place third on the pommel horse, while freshman Patrick Duffy added a 10th-place tied score of 13.600 on that event. Senior Matt Thorne paced the squad on the parallel bars with a career-best matching 14.200.
The Falcons also collected three of the top seven scores on the still rings, as Mills and Menefee finished fourth and fifth (14.400), respectively, and freshman Tyler Huebner finished seventh with a PR-matching mark of 14.200. Menefee also placed within the top-12 on the high bar, tallying a career-best 13.500 to place 12th. Freshman Mac Ritchie placed ninth on the floor exercise (14.300), while junior Travis Myers used a 13.600 performance on the parallel bars to tie for 11th.
Air Force accounted for a combined team score of 341.600 to place second, not far behind ninth-ranked Ohio State's winning score of 343.700. Host UIC, ranked 13th in the national rankings, finished third with a score of 339.000, while No. 11 Temple placed fourth with a score of 332.900.