April 7, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force men's gymnastics team, ranked 12th in the national standings, wrapped up the 2012 home schedule with a fourth-place finish at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Saturday, April 7, at the Academy's Cadet West Gym.
The Falcons amassed a team score of 335.950 to finish fourth, behind second-ranked Oklahoma (355.600), third-ranked Stanford (352.100) and seventh-ranked California (345.950). It was the eighth conference title in 10 years for the Sooners, who also claimed the league's Gymnast of the Year (Jake Dalton) and Head Coach of the Year (Mark Williams) awards.
Senior Devin Menefee earned the Falcons' best finish of the night in his final home competition. The team captain scored a 14.900 to finish sixth and earn a trip to the awards' podium. Menefee was one of two top-10 finishers on the still rings for Air Force, as sophomore Tyler Huebner tied for 10th with a 14.500.
Junior James Okamoto and freshman Greg Chaput finished within the top-10 on the pommel horse, as Okamoto scored a 14.100 to place eighth and Chaput tallied a 14.000 to take 10th. Sophomore Ben Zaiser scored a 14.600 on the vault to tie for 10th, while classmate Mac Ritchie earned the same placement on the high bar with a score of 14.150.
Freshman Corbin Palmer was the Falcons' top finisher on the parallel bars and floor exercise, placing 13th on the parallel bars (14.35) and 15th on the floor exercise (14.400).
Air Force will learn its NCAA within the next week. The 2012 national championships are scheduled for April 19-21 in Norman, Okla.