Falcons Travel to Colorado Invitational
April 12, 2012
The Air Force track and field team travels to Boulder this weekend for the annual Colorado Invitational. The hammer and javelin will take place at 2 p.m., on Friday, April 13, while the remainder of the events will take place at Potts Field on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 11 a.m.
SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
11:00 a.m.: Men's Shot Put, Women's Shot Put; 11:00 a.m.: Women's Discus Throw, Men's Discus Throw; 11:00 a.m.: Men's Pole Vault, Women's Pole Vault; 11:00 a.m.: Women's Long Jump, Men's Long Jump, Women's Triple Jump, Men's Triple Jump; 11:00 a.m.: 300-Meter Steeplechase, 4x100-Meter Relay, 1500-Meter Run, 100/110-Meter Hurdles, 400-Meter Dash, 100-Meter Dash, 800-Meter Run, 400-Meter Hurdles, 200-Meter Dash, 3000-Meter Run, 4x400-Meter Relay (the women will run first in all races); 12:00 p.m.: Women's High Jump, Men's High Jump.
FALCONS CLIMB REGIONAL INDEX
The men's team moved up two places to third in the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Index. Making the region's largest improvement between April 3 and April 10, Air Force moved from fifth to third, trailing only BYU and Texas Tech. The women also moved up two places to 13th in the regional index.
NEWS FROM STANFORD
Jim Walmsley recorded the third-fastest 5000-meter time in Academy history to win the 5000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational. Crossing the finish line in 13:52.87, Walmsley won his section by a two second margin, while improving his own time by three seconds. Morgan Mosby also clocked a career-best time at Stanford, finishing the 800-meter run in 2:12.09. By shaving nearly one second off of her previous time, Mosby moved from eighth to sixth on the program's all-time list.
BLACKBURN DOES IT AGAIN
With a career-best toss of 178'0", Paige Blackburn moved from fifth to second on the Academy's all-time list in the hammer throw at the Air Force Relays. It marks the second time in three meets that she has recorded one of the Academy's top-three throws in the discus throw (third), javelin throw (second) and hammer throw (second). In addition to being the top collegiate finisher in the hammer throw at the Relays, Blackburn also won the shot put (45'9¼") and discus throw (165'3").
JUST THROWING IT OUT THERE
Tim Urista improved his sixth-place standing in the Academy javelin records at the Air Force Relays, after winning that event with a career-best throw of 216'11". Becca Bauman moved into ninth on the all-time hammer throw list with an improvement of over seven feet (158'6"), while Danielle Tabb debuted in ninth on the all-time shot put list with a distance of 42'0½".
Air Force swept the high jump and pole vault titles at the Air Force Relays. Rachel Herald won the women's high jump with a career-best 5'6", while Kobi Rex won the men's event with a career clearance of 6'11". Herald moved into third on the women's all-time list for her jump, while Rex debuted in fourth on the men's list. Cale Simmons won the men's pole vault (17'1¾"), while Bizzy Mellado won the women's vault with a career-best height of 12'7½" - the fourth-best clearance in Academy history. In addition, Kassie Gurnell won the triple jump with a distance of 40'1½"
Phaelen French recorded the ninth-best heptathlon total in program history (3,989 points), en route to a third-place finish at the Air Force Outdoor Combined Events Meet. Highlighting the meet for French was a win in the 800-meter run, as she bettered the field by 16 seconds. In his first decathlon, Evan McDowell finished second behind a 6,233-point total. Like French, his best finish came on the final event, as he won the 1500-meter run.
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons will split for several meets from April 18-21. The multi-event athletes will travel to Azusa, Calif., for the Mt. SAC/California Invitational Combined Events Meet on April 18-19, while others will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. on April 19-21, the Beach Invitational in Cerritos, Calif., on April 21, and the CSU-Pueblo Invitational in Pueblo, Colo., on April 21.