Select Falcons Head to Prestigious Texas Relays

March 28, 2012

Twenty members of the Air Force track and field team will travel to Austin, Texas, to compete in the prestigious Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on March 29-31. The 85th running of the annual relays, which will be held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus, will begin for the Falcons at 3 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, March 29.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: THURSDAY
3:00 p.m.: Men's Javelin Throw (Lauritzen); 3:00 p.m.: Men's Pole Vault (Uhle); 4:30 p.m.: Women's 400-Meter Hurdles (Cotharn, Thomas); 5:10 p.m.: Men's 400-Meter Hurdles (Bergman); 6:30 p.m.: Women's Javelin Throw (Blackburn)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: FRIDAY
Men's 4x400-Meter Relay (Delgado, Craig, Spuller, Udensi); Women's 100-Meter Hurdles (Cotharn, Thomas); Women's 4x400-Meter Relay (Cotharn, Gross, Thomas, Malone, Gurnell); Men's 4x400-Meter Relay (Delagdo, Bergman, Smith, Spuller); 10:00 a.m.: Women's High Jump (Rogers); 10:00 a.m.: Women's Pole Vault (Shealy); 10:00 a.m.: Men's Shot Put (Schwochow); 1:00 p.m.: Men's Discus Throw (Cole); 1:00 p.m.: Men's High Jump (Rex); 3:00 p.m.: Women's Triple Jump (Gurnell); 4:00 p.m.: Women's Discus Throw (Blackburn); Men's Sprint Medley Relay (Delgado, Latu, Spuller, Smith) Please note, an official schedule for the running events will be determined once scratches have been submitted.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: SATURDAY
3:00 p.m.: Men's Pole Vault (Simmons); 3:00 p.m.: Women's Shot Put (Blackburn)

ABOUT THE TEXAS RELAYS
The field for the 85th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, presented by State Farm, features over 6,500 athletes from 31 states and six countries. The meet, which can traditionally fill the 20,000-seat Mike A. Myers, features athletes from the high school, college, university and elite/invitational levels. Live results will be available on www.TexasSports.com.

BLACKBURN NABS WEEKLY AWARD
Paige Blackburn earned Athlete of the Week honors from the Mountain West, following a stellar season-opening weekend at Arizona State. Tossing the second-best javelin mark in program history (165'6"), Blackburn was the top collegiate finisher and placed second overall. A personal improvement of 14 feet, she moved from fifth to second on the all-time list, while becoming just the second Falcon to surpass the 160-foot mark. Blackburn also placed second among collegiate competitors (fourth overall) in the discus throw with a career-best 169'4" - the third-best throw in Academy history.

FALCONS HAVE STRONG START TO OUTDOOR SEASON
Eight improvements were made to the Academy record book as Air Force opened the 2012 outdoor season on March 23-24 at the Arizona State Invitational.

WHERE'S THE WHITE OUT?
Members of the men's and women's javelin team combined for four changes to the program's top-10 list. Paige Blackburn moved into second on the women's all-time list, with a career-best toss of 165'6", while Kim Smith and Nichole Freeman debuted in eighth (144'9") and 10th (141'10"), respectively, during their first collegiate meet. On the men's side, Mikey Lauritzen set a Sophomore Class Record of 217'0" to improve the fifth-best mark in Academy history.

MORE RECORD BOOK
Wren Bonner debuted in seventh on the women's pole vault list with a clearance of 11'9¾", while Alex Lindsay moved into the same placement in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:50.41. Lesly Torres also debuted on the program's all-time list, clocking the 10th-fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles.

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON...
After a five-year absence, Air Force will once again host outdoor track and field competitions with the completed renovation of the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. The Falcons, who open the home slate with the Air Force Combined Events Meet on April 6-7, will also host the Air Force Relays (April 7), the Front Range Classic (May 4) and the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships (May 9-12).

WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force returns to the Academy to host a pair of weekend competitions at the new Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. The Falcons will host the two-day Air Force Combined Events Meet on April 5-6, before hosting the first Air Force Relays on Saturday, April 7.