Falcons Travel to Wyoming for Robert Shine Invitational

Feb. 15, 2012

In the final meet before the conference championships, the Air Force track and field team travels to Laramie, Wyo., for the Robert Shine Invitational on Friday, Feb. 17. The meet, which begins with the women's weight throw at 4:30 p.m., will be held at War Memorial Field House.

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MEET INFORMATION
The annual Robert Shine Invitational will feature Mountain West opponents Air Force and Wyoming and will be held at the Hagar-LeBar Track at War Memorial Field House. The meet begins at 4:30 p.m., with the field events, while the running events are slated to get underway at 7:30 p.m.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
4:30 p.m.: Women's Weight Throw, Men's Weight Throw, Women's Shot Put, Men's Shot Put; 5:00 p.m.: Men's High Jump, Women's High Jump; 5:00 p.m.: Women's Long Jump, Men's Long Jump, Women's Triple Jump, Men's Triple Jump; 5:30 p.m.: Men's Pole Vault, Women's Pole Vault; 7:30 p.m.: 400-Meter Dash, 55-Meter Hurdles, 55-Meter Dash, 600-Yard Run, 200-Meter Dash, 4x400-Meter Relay (women race first)

DID YOU KNOW?
By clearing 13'3½" in the pole vault at the 2010 Robert Shine Invitational, Kimber Shealy currently holds the War Memorial Field House record. It is also the best pole vault clearance in the history of the Robert Shine Invitational.

SIMMONS EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
After a stellar weekend, Cale Simmons was named to the Primetime Performers Honor Roll by CollegeSpots360.

WHAT DID YOU DO THIS WEEKEND?
Not only did Cale Simmons clear an Academy record pole vault of 18'1¼" at the Air Force Invitational on Feb. 11, but he did so with the best clearance in the NCAA and the fourth-best mark in the United States for 2012. Winning the pole vault by over one foot and improving his own career mark by nine inches, Simmons earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Indoor Championships, took over the conference lead and jumped from sixth to first on the Academy's all-time list.

DISTANCE RUNNERS SHINE AT HUSKY CLASSIC
Jim Walmsley and Alex Zubey clocked the fourth- and fifth-fastest mile times in Academy history at the Flotrack Husky Classic on Feb. 11. Walmsley shaved nine seconds off of his personal-best time to place third in the 83-runner race with a time of 4:04.25, while Zubey crossed the finish line in a fourth-place time of 4:04.56 - a six-second personal improvement. With a career-best time of 1:51.66, Alex Lindsay moved into 10th on the program's all-time list in the men's 800-meter run, while Annette Eichenberger improved her standing in the women's event behind a time of 2:15.04 - the ninth-best time in Academy history. In addition, Melissa Fuerst debuted in eighth on the women's 3000-meter all-time list with a mark of 10:08.48.

REWRITING THE RECORDS
Paige Blackburn improved her career-best mark in the shot put to 49'7¾" at the Air Force Invitational, easily winning the 31-member event by nearly four feet. The mark, which bettered her previous best distance by over five inches, is the second-best throw in Academy history. Blackburn was one of two throwers to impact the women's record book, as Becca Bauman tossed a career-best weight throw of 52'7¼" to move into seventh on the program's all-time list.

COLLECTING THE WINS
In addition to victories by Cale Simmons and Paige Blackburn, Air Force claimed five additional first-place finishes at the Air Force Invitational. Nick White (800-meter run) and Lance Wolfsmith (mile run) won the seeded event titles, while Auriele Fain (800-meter run), Siotame Latu (800-meter run) and Bizzy Mellado (pole vault) won their respective non-seeded events.

GOING UP
Kimber Shealy cleared 13'1½" for the second time this season at the Air Force Invitational to finish as the top collegiate vaulter in the seeded field (second overall).

A LITTLE BLUE AT THE TOP
The Falcons claimed half of the top-eight finishes in the men's weight throw during the Falcons' final home meet. James Cole finished fourth after improving his distance by over four feet (57'1½" - sixth-best throw in Academy history), while Jalen Fooster placed fifth with a career-best toss of 57'0" (seventh-best throw in Academy history). Brian Ford finished sixth with a distance of 56'2", while Jared Barkemeyer placed eighth with a distance of 55'7½".

MORE RECORD BOOK INCURSIONS
Morgan Malone moved into fifth on the program's all-time list in the 200-meter dash (25.56), while Jake Spuller recorded the 10th-fastest men's time in Academy history (21.93). Joined by Manny Smith, Michael Craig and Anthony Delgado, Spuller also ran a leg of the 4x400-meter relay team that recorded the ninth-fastest time at 3:13.98. The women's 4x400 quartet of Kassie Gurnell, Bethany Gross, Rachel Thomas and Heather Shepard also recorded the program's ninth-fastest time, as they combined for 3:58.31, and Alexis Jones-Hardy moved into sixth on the all-time list with a 60-meter dash time of 7.74.

WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force returns to Albuquerque, N.M., next weekend for the 2012 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships. The three-day meet, which will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center, will run from Thursday (Feb. 23) to Saturday (Feb. 25).