Air Force Travels to New Mexico Classic

Jan. 31, 2013

The Air Force track and field team heads out on the road this weekend (Feb. 1-2), traveling to Albuquerque, N.M., for the annual New Mexico Collegiate Classic. The two-day meet, which will be held at the ABQ Convention Center, begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, with the women's long jump.

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The New Mexico Collegiate Classic will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center and admission is $5 for all spectators. Competing team include Adams State, Air Force, Arizona, Colorado Mesa, Colorado School of Mines, CSU-Pueblo, Langston, Metro State, Miami, New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands, New Mexico State, San Diego State, Tulane, UTEP, Washington, Western State and West Texas A&M.

3:00 p.m.: Women's Long Jump, Men's Long Jump; 4:00 p.m.: Men's Pole Vault; 4:00 p.m.: Women's Weigh Throw, Men's Weight Throw; 4:30 p.m.: Men's High Jump, Women's High Jump; 5:20 p.m.: 400-Meter Dash (unseeded); 600-Meter Run; 400-Meter Hurdles, 200-Meter Dash, Women's Mile (unseeded); Men's Mile (invitational), 5000-Meter Run, Distance Medley Relay; Men's 3000-Meter Run (unseeded). Unless otherwise indicated, the men will compete first in all running events.

10:30 a.m.: Women's Shot Put, Men's Shot Put; 11:00 a.m.: Women's Pole Vault; 11:00 a.m.: Women's Triple Jump, Men's Triple Jump. 11:00 a.m.: 60-Meter Hurdles (prelims); 60-Meter Dash (prelims); Mile Run (seeded); 400-Meter Dash (seeded); 60-Meter Hurdles (finals); 60-Meter Dash (finals); 800-Meter Run; 3000-Meter Run (seeded); 4x400-Meter Relay; Unless otherwise indicated, the men will compete first in all running events.

Eight members of the track and field program hail from New Mexico, including three - Sean Bapty, Bryce Mitchell, Marie Rossillon - from the Albuquerque area. Anna Olesinski (Roswell), Steel and Stone Shoaf (Alamogordo), Kim Smith (Kirtland) and Lesly Torres (Los Lunas) also call New Mexico home.

It was a solid weekend for Falcons from the state of Michigan during the Air Force Invitational on Jan. 24-26, as two Michiganders accounted for both event titles on the men's side, while another pair impacted the Academy's all-time list. Alex Lindsay (Rochester Hills) won the 800-meter run in his first appearance of the season at that distance, while David Ptacek (Allegan) captured the 400-meter title with a career-best time. Evan McDowell (Hudsonville) moved into seventh on the program's all-time list in the heptathlon and Rachel Herald (Rockford) matched her career-best clearance in the high jump, which is ninth in the program's record books. In addition, Jake Spuller (Dexter) clocked a team-leading, season-best time to finish as the collegiate runner-up in the 200-meter dash - his fourth race in a 25-hour span.

David Ptacek (400-meter dash) and Alex Lindsay (800-meter run) accounted for event titles on the men's side at the Air Force Invitational, while Kassie Gurnell claimed a title in the triple jump for the women's team. Ptacek clocked a career-best 49.58 to win the 400-meter race, Lindsay finished first in his debut 800-meter event with a time of 1:54.41 and Gurnell recorded a distance of 40'4¼" to win the triple jump.

Saturday's action at the Air Force Invitational accounted for several changes to the program's all-time record book. Angelea Ross improved her distance in the triple jump by seven inches (38'9½") to move into fourth on the Academy's all-time list, while Paige Shirley added eight inches to her clearance in the pole vault to move into sixth all-time with a mark of 12'9½". In addition, Melissa Fuerst debuted in 10th on the all-time list in the mile (4:50.60, adjusted for altitude), while Rachel Herald matched her career-best high jump mark of 5'6", which is sixth on the program standings.

With a career-best throw of 50'6¾" at the Air Force Invitational, Grant Hamilton became the third Falcon thrower to break the 50-foot mark this season. He joins team-leader Brian Ford (53'5½") and James Chambers, who recorded a career-best 53'1¾" at Saturday's meet.

Backed by five career-best marks, Evan McDowell recorded the seventh-best heptathlon total in Academy history during the Air Force Invitational. In addition to matching his personal-best mark in the 60-meter dash and adding nearly one foot to his distance in the long jump, McDowell collected career-leading marks in the shot put and pole vault by at least one foot. He also shaved 11 seconds off of his 1000-meter time to finish the two-day event with a career-best 4,965 points - a personal improvement by 321 points.

Lesly Torres recorded a career-best distance of 17'8" during the long jump portion of the pentathlon on Jan. 24. That mark, a career improvement by over an inch, is the 10th-best distance in Academy history. The senior became the first Falcon since 2010 to impact the event's all-time list and the second since 2007.

In her first collegiate pentathlon, Kendra Smith recorded the ninth-highest total in Academy history, as she accounted for 3,078 points at the Air Force Invitational on Jan. 24. She tallied career-best marks in her first three events, including a 0.24 decrease in time on the 60-meter hurdles and a one-foot improvement in the shot put.

The Falcons return to the Academy next Saturday (Feb. 9) to host the second-annual Air Force Team Challenge. In addition, several members of the program's distance and middle distance teams will travel to the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., over the Feb. 8-9 weekend.