Air Force Travels to New Mexico Classic
Feb. 1, 2012
The Air Force track and field team travels to Albuquerque, N.M., over the Feb. 3-4 weekend for the annual New Mexico Classic. The two-day meet, which will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center, begins at 4 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 3, with the men's pole vault, women's weight throw and women's long jump.
FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
4:00 p.m.: Men's Unseeded Pole Vault, Men's Seeded Pole Vault; 4:00 p.m.: Women's Weight Throw, Men's Weight Throw; 4:00 p.m.: Women's Long Jump, Men's Long Jump; 4:30 p.m.: Men's High Jump, Women's High Jump; 6:00 p.m.: 200-Meter Dash, 600-Meter Dash, 5000-Meter Run Distance Medley Relay (the men's races will go first)
SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:00 a.m.: Women's Unseeded Pole Vault, Women's Seeded Pole Vault; 9:00 a.m.: Women's Unseeded Shot Put, Women's Seeded Shot Put, Men's Shot Put; 10:30 a.m.: Women's Triple Jump, Men's Triple Jump; 10:30 a.m.: 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims); 60-Meter Dash (Prelims), Mile Run, 400-Meter Dash, 60-Meter Hurdles (Consolation/Final), 60-Meter Dash (Consolation/Final),800-Meter Run, 3000-Meter Run, 4x400-Meter Relay (the men's races will go first)
CAN I GET A REWRITE?
Kassie Gurnell reset her own Academy record in the triple jump at the Air Force Team Challenge on Jan. 28, as she hit the sand at 39'10¾" to finish third. That distance, which also increased her Sophomore Class Record that she first set two weeks ago, was a personal improvement of two inches.
PICKING UP A WIN
Air Force earned an event title in the long jump during the Team Challenge, as Blue Kearney recorded a career-best 23'5½" to better the field by three inches.
POLE VAULT POWER
Kimber Shealy became the conference's first pole vaulter to clear the 13-foot bar on Jan. 28, as she placed second with a clearance of 13'1½". Shealy, who improved her own Senior Class Record in that event by four inches, took a four-inch lead over the rest of the conference. She paced the Falcons to a pair of top-five finishes, as Tawny Lambuth improved her season-best height by one foot (12'5½") to finish fifth.
JUST THROWING IT OUT THERE
Recording a career-best distance of 49'2¼" to finish second in the shot put at the Team Challenge, Paige Blackburn accounted for the second-best throw in Academy history. That distance was a personal improvement of nearly one foot. Air Force collected half of the scoring finishes in the men's shot put, highlighted by Kyle Schwochow's third-place distance of 52'9¼". Sean Herbison and James Cole finished sixth (52'4¾") and seventh (51'5¾"), respectively, while James Chambers placed eighth with a mark of 50'4¾".
HEADING TO NEW HEIGHTS
Travis Smith cleared 6'9¾" to finish third in the high jump at the Air Force Team Challenge and move into 10th on the program's all-time list. Smith, who tied with classmate Zach Wood on the all-time list, became second jumper in three weeks to impact that event's top-10 list ... a list that hadn't had a single change for 15 years prior to Wood's addition at the All-Comers Meet.
A CAREER DAY
Lesly Torres had a career day in the pentathlon at the Air Force Indoor Combined Events Meet on Jan. 27, collecting a personal-best 3,438-point total - a career improvement of over 150 points. In addition to moving into third on the program's list in the pentathlon with a new Junior Class Record, Torres also moved up to seventh on the all-time list in the 60-meter hurdles after clocking a career-best time of 9.04. Torres also collected career-best marks in the high jump (5'7"), 800-meter run (2:45.89), long jump (17'6¾") and shot put (32'3¼").
MOVING ON UP
Backed by career-best marks in four of the first five events, Michael Tibbs totaled a personal-best 5,249 points to finish second in the heptathlon at the Air Force Indoor Combined Events Meet and move into third on the Academy's all-time list. En route to improving his overall score by 235 points, Tibbs won the shot put and tied for first on the pole vault, while collecting career-best marks in the 60-meter dash (7.25), 60-meter hurdles (8.45), long jump (22'6½") and high jump (6'2¾").
The multi-event athletes made some major revisions to the program's all-time list following the Air Force Indoor Combined Events Meet on Jan. 26-27. Lesly Torres accounted for the third-best pentathlon total in Academy history (3,438 points), while Phaelen French moved into sixth with a career-best 3,171 points. On the men's side, Michael Tibbs moved into third on the heptathlon all-time list following a 5,249-point performance, while Evan McDowell tallied the ninth-best total (4,644 points) in his collegiate debut. In addition, Kobi Rex had a 4,572-point outing at the AFICE meet, which is the 11th-best total in program history.
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons return to the Academy on Feb. 10-11 for the two-day Air Force Invitational at the Academy's Cadet Field House. It will be the final home meet of the indoor season for Air Force.