Falcons Impact Record Book at Mt. SAC Relays
April 19, 2013
WALNUT Calif. - Two members of the Air Force track and field team impacted the Academy record book during the afternoon session of competition at the 55th-annual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., on Friday, April 19. Senior Uzor Udensi (200-meter dash) and junior Jalen Fooster (hammer throw) debuted on the program's all-time list, while five others accounted for season-best marks.
Udensi recorded a career-best time of 21.30 in the 200-meter dash to debut in fifth on the program's all-time list, while Fooster improved his personal distance in the hammer throw by over three feet (188'8") to enter the Academy record book with the ninth-best throw in program history. The pair also claimed top-10 finishes in their respective events, as Udensi placed 10th in the 55-runner sprint and Fooster finished eighth in a field of 26 throwers.
They were two of three Falcons to account for personal-best marks at Hilmer Lodge Stadium, as senior James Chambers recorded a career-best distance of 54'0" to finish ninth in the shot put. That event, which resulted in a mark that is less than four inches from entering the program's top 10, was one of two events for Chambers today, as he also finished 12th in the discus throw with a mark of 170'10".
Junior Kassie Gurnell won the triple jump title for the fifth time in six meets behind a season-best distance of 41'2¼". Classmate Alex Lindsay used a season-best time of 1:50.54 to finish seventh among 75 runners in the 800-meter run, while senior Anthony Delgado clocked a season-best 48.34 to place 24th in the 400-meter dash. Fellow senior Zach Wood matched his best high jump clearance of the year to take 10th with a height of 6'8¾".
Gurnell was one of two Falcons to claim first-place finishes in the afternoon session, as senior Rob Simmons won the "C" section of the pole vault with a clearance of 16'10¾" - a mark just one-quarter inch shy of his career best. Junior Cort Rogers added a 10th-place clearance of 15'5" in the "C" section, while freshman Dylan Bell took sixth in the "B" section with a height of 16'4¾".
In addition to the Falcons that competed at Mt. SAC this afternoon, two Air Force runners competed in the 1500-meter run at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa. Sophomore Zach Perkins recorded a personal-best time of 3:45.54 to place seventh in the 116-runner race, while junior Jake Hawkins finished ninth with a career-best time of 3:46.27. Perkins' time, a personal improvement of a half-second, is the eighth-fastest time in Academy history.
Action at the Mt. SAC Relays continues late tonight with several sections of the 5,000-meter run. The majority of the Falcons' traveling party close out a busy week of competition in California tomorrow (April 20) at the Beach Invitational in Cerritos.