Falcons Travel to California for Three Meets

April 17, 2012

The Air Force track and field team travels to California for three meets this week (April 18-21). Two of Air Force's multi-event athletes will compete at the Mt. SAC/California Multi-Meet on April 28-19, while the rest of the California-bound Falcons will compete at the 54th Mt. SAC Relays on April 19-21 and at the Beach Invitational on April 21.

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Lesly Torres opens the Falcons' full week of competition at 9:30 a.m. (PST) on Wednesday (April 18) with the first four events of the California Invitational Heptathlon in Azusa, Calif. Michael Tibbs also competes on Wednesday, participating in the first five events of the California Invitational Decathlon at 11 a.m. Action continues for the pair on Thursday (April 19), with the final five decathlon events at 11 a.m., and the final three events of the heptathlon at 11:30 a.m.

Action for the 54th Mt. SAC Relays begin for Air Force on Thursday, April 19, and will continued through Saturday, April 21, at Historic Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif. The majority of the Falcons' traveling party will compete on Friday, before heading to the Beach Invitational in Cerritos, Calif., on Saturday.

With a winning clearance of 13'0¼" at the Colorado Invitational, Kimber Shealy became just the second Air Force female to ever clear the 13-foot bar in the outdoor pole vault. In addition to recording the second-best clearance in Academy history, Shealy also became the first conference vaulter to surpass the 13-foot mark this season. She was one of two Falcons to impact the program's top-10 list, as Wren Bonner recorded a career-best height of 12'2½" to move into sixth on the all-time list.

Rachel Thomas shattered the Academy's 28-year-old Senior Class Record in the 400-meter hurdles at the Colorado Invitational on April 14. The senior won the event with a time of 62.13 - the second-fastest time in Academy history - while shaving nearly one second off of the previous Senior Record time (63.06) that Linda Urrutia had held since 1984.

Zach Wood cleared a career-best 6'11" to win the high jump at the Colorado Invitational and move into a tie for fourth in the Academy record books, while Cort Rogers and Joey Uhle tied for the pole vault title with career-best marks of 16'9¼" - the ninth-best jumps in program history.

The top-five marks of the men's all-time high jump list had remained unchanged since 1998. However, in the past two weeks, both Kobi Rex (at the Air Force Relays, April 7) and Zach Wood (at the Colorado Invitational, April 14) have both entered that list with matching marks of 6'11". In fact, it is only the second time since 1998 that any part of the top-10 list had changed (Wood entered the top-10 list last season with a then-career clearance of 6'10¼".

In her first appearance this season running the 100-meter dash this season (April 14), Tawny Lambuth finished third with a career-best time of 12.47. That time also improved her 10th-place standing on the program's all-time list. In addition, Lambuth bettered her season-best mark in the pole vault by one-and-a-half feet to finish second in that event with a height of 12'8¼".

Over 30 athletes will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 103rd Drake Relays on April 27-28, while the remainder of the squad heads to Fort Collins, Colo., for the Jack Christiansen Invitational on Saturday, April 28. The Falcons will then return to the Academy on May 4 for the annual Front Range Classic, before hosting the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships.