No. 11 Air Force Sets New Team High Bar Mark
March 11, 2011
BROCKPORT, N.Y. - Highlighted by the top four scores on the high bar, the 11th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team set a new Academy record on that event during competition at the Brockport Triangular on Friday, March 11, in Brockport, N.Y. Air Force combined for a team high bar score of 57.400 to shatter the previous mark by nearly a point.
Air Force posted its third-highest score of the season (341.400) to finish second in the three-team meet. In addition to being the third-best score of the season, that total is also the seventh highest score in Academy history. Minnesota, ranked eighth in the nation, won the meet with a total of 347.400, while Brockport finished third at 299.500.
The Falcons shined on the high bar, tallying a program-record team score of 57.400 as all four scoring gymnasts scored above 14.100. That mark shattered the previous record (56.500) that was set last year. Sophomore Tory Brown and freshman Colton Wulf tied for the team lead with matching career-best marks of 14.500 - the fourth-highest individual scores in Academy history. Senior Nash Mills, who set the program record last week, was the runner-up with a score of 14.300, while freshman Mac Ritchie recorded a personal-best score of 14.100 to tie for third. In addition, James Okamoto took fourth with a career-best score of 14.000.
Air Force recorded two additional first-place scores.
Senior Matt Thorne tied for first on the parallel bars with a career-best tally of 14.300 - the eighth-best score in program history. Wulf tied for third (14.100), while Mills and senior Dan Klimkowski placed fourth (13.900) and fifth (13.700), respectively.
Junior Devin Menefee matched his season-high mark on the still rings, scoring a 14.800 to win that event. Mills tied for second with a score of 14.700, while Ritchie finished among the top six with a career-best tally of 13.900.
In addition to his share of the win on the high bar, Brown was the Falcons' top finisher on the floor exercise and vault. Brown finished third on the floor (14.400), while tying for third on the vault (15.600) with freshman Ben Zaiser. Air Force also earned top-six finishes on the floor from Wulf and Klimkowski, who finished fourth (14.300) and sixth (14.100), respectively. Wulf also picked up a top-five score on the vault, tying with Mills for fifth behind matching marks of 15.300.
Freshman Patrick Duffy and sophomore Nick Owen rounded out the Falcons' event leaders, as the pair tied for third on the pommel horse with scores of 13.300. Klimkowski and junior Jacob Houder tied for sixth on that event with scores of 12.900.
Air Force travels to Springfield, Mass., on Sunday, March 13, for a dual meet with Springfield College.