Several Falcons Impact Record Book at New Mexico Classic
Feb. 3, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Highlighted by several of the top weight throw performances in Academy history, the Air Force track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, Feb. 3.
The men's weight throwers combined for three of the top five finishes in that event, while posting three of the top-10 distances in program history. Finishing third in the 17-thrower field, junior Brian Ford paced the Falcons with a career-best toss of 57'0", moving into fifth on the Academy's all-time list. Senior Jared Barkemeyer improved his personal distance by nearly three feet (56'10¾") to finish fourth in the meet and debut in sixth on the all-time list. Sophomore Jalen Fooster rounded out the Falcon finishers, as he recorded the ninth-best throw in Academy history (56'7¼") to finish fifth in the meet.
On the women's side, senior Paige Blackburn recorded a career-best throw of 59'1¼" to finish fourth at the Classic and improve her second-place standing on the Academy's all-time list.
Four other Falcons impacted the program's all-time record book in their respective events at the New Mexico Classic. Finishing second in the 5000-meter run, junior Jen Bremser time of 18:14.03 (17:45.09 when adjusted for altitude) to move into seventh on the program's all-time list, while classmate Zach Wood moved into seventh in the Academy's high jump record book after clearing a career-best 6'10¼" to finish fifth at the meet. In the women's high jump, sophomores Regan Rogers and Rachel Herald matched career-best clearances of 5'8" (second all-time) and 5'6" (ninth all-time) to finish fourth and 10th, respectively.
In addition, senior Manny Smith clocked the 11th-fastest 200-meter time in Academy (21.95) to place eighth at the meet and move within just 0.01 of the program's top-10 at that distance.
Air Force claimed one event title and earned the top collegiate spot in another. Sophomore Alex Lindsay won the 600-meter run with a personal-best time of 1:20.90, while junior Cale Simmons used a season-best 17'2¼" to finish as the top collegiate in the pole vault.
Lindsay was one of two Falcons to finish within the top three of the 600-meter run, as freshman Siotame Latu placed third behind a debut time of 1:22.58. Simmons, who tied for the top clearance with former Air Force standout Nick Frawley (now a member of the Air Force World Class Athlete Program) paced the current Air Force team to four of the top 10 spots. Freshman Joey Uhle cleared a career-best 16'2¾" to finish seventh, while sophomores Cort Rogers and Elliott Beski placed ninth and 10th, respectively, with matching clearances of 15'9".
In addition to the Falcons that impacted the record book in the high jump and women's 5000-meter run, four teammates placed within the top 10 of those events. Junior Travis Smith and sophomore Tyler Jordan finished sixth (6'8¼") and eighth (season-best, 6'6¼") in the men's high jump, while freshman Heather Connick finished seventh in the 5000-meter run with an unadjusted time of 18:54.04.
Air Force earned a pair of top-10 finishes in the women's 600-meter run and men's 5000-meter run. Junior Morgan Mosby clocked a career-best time of 1:34.17 to finish third in the 600, while senior Rachel Thomas improved her time to 1:37.80 to finish ninth. Sophomore Gavin Owens and freshman Riley Coates made their collegiate debut in the 5000-meter run to finish fourth (15:28.17) and eighth (15:36.83), respectively.
The Falcons also participated in their first distance medley relay of the season for both the men and the women. The men's quartet of freshman Zach Perkins, sophomore Josh Nielsen, senior Nick White and junior Ted Artz clocked a fourth-place time of 10:03.96, while the women's team of freshman Taylor Drolshagen, sophomore Tasha Mayne, senior Auriele Fain and classmate Katie Carroll finished sixth in a time of 12:42.66.
Air Force continues action tomorrow (Feb. 4) at the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. Action begins at 9 a.m., at the ABQ Convention Center, with the women's unseeded pole vault and unseeded shot put.