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.

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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)

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)

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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").

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.

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.