Falcons Head to Drake Relays, Jack Christiansen Invitational
April 24, 2013
The Air Force track and field team splits for a pair of competitions this weekend. The Falcons will send 24 athletes to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 104th annual Drake Relays on April 25-27, while the rest of the squad remains in Colorado for the Jack Christiansen Invitational in Fort Collins on April 26-27.
DETAILS ON THE DRAKE RELAYS
Air Force's 24 representatives will compete in 13 events at the prestigious Drake Relays, which will be held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Action begins for the Falcons on Thursday (April 25), when Kate Kanetzky (10,000-meter run) and Jen Bremser (5000-meter run) compete in the evening session of the Drake Distance Carnival. Action continues for Air Force with six events on Friday (April 26) and five events on Saturday (April 27).
DETAILS ON THE JACK CHRISTIANSEN INVITATIONAL
Colorado State's Jack Christiansen Invitational will be held on its track of the same name in Fort Collins. The men's open hammer throw and women's invitational hammer throw will take place on Friday (April 26), while all other events will be contested on Saturday (April 27). The meet's full day of action begins at 9 a.m., with the women's open hammer throw. The first running event (women's 5000-meter run) is slated to begin at 10 a.m.
TOP 40 HITS
Five Falcons are listed among the nation's top 40, including two pole vaulters - Cale Simmons (fourth) and Joey Uhle (seventh) - that are ranked in the top 10. Jeremy Drenckhahn is also listed among the men's top-40, as he is listed 27th in the 10,000-meter run, while Jen Bremser (steeplechase) and Annette Eichenberger (800 meters) are ranked 38th and 39th, respectively on the women's side.
CAUTION, FALLING RECORDS!
Two Academy records fell at the Mt. SAC Relays, as Morgan Mosby and Jen Bremser broke their own program standards in the 1500-meter run and 3000-meter steeplechase, respectively. Mosby improved her USAFA-best time in the 1500-meter run to 4:23.28, while Bremser bettered her Academy record in the steeplechase for the second time this season, as she shaved 16 seconds off of her old time to set the new standard at 10:26.31.
OVERHAULING THE STANDINGS
The women's all-time standings of the 1500-meter run received a major rewrite over the April 18-20 weekend, including a complete overhaul of the top six. In addition to Morgan Mosby's Academy-record time of 4:23.28, Melissa Fuerst clocked the program's third-fastest time (4:25.94) and Annette Eichenberger debuted in sixth (4:28.54). Prior to last season, when Mosby and Fuerst made their initial debut in the top-10 of the 1500-meter run, there had been only one incursion to that list since 2005.
THE FANTASTIC 1500
Ten Falcons competed in the 1500-meter run at various meets in California ... and ten Falcons set career-best marks. In addition to the trio that impacted the women's top-10 list (see above note), Zach Perkins made his mark on the men's list with the Academy's eighth-fastest time (3:45.54). Rebecca Esselstein, Taylor Drolshagen and Hannah Everson averaged an eight-second personal improvement on the women's side, while Patrick Corona, Ted Artz and Jake Hawkins all improved their overall times in the men's race.
HAMILTON DOWNS ANOTHER LONG-STANDING CLASS RECORD
Grant Hamilton broke his second Freshman Class Record in as many weeks, as he shattered the program's 36-year-old shot put mark at the Beach Invitational. Tossing a career-best 56'1" - the fourth-best distance in Academy history - Hamilton added nearly two feet to the mark that David Thomas had held since 1977. His Freshman Class Record in the shot put came one week after he added two feet to the program's 22-year-old Class Record in the discus throw.
CAN I GET SOME WHITE-OUT?
Numerous changes were made to the record book during Air Force's weekend in California (April 18-20). In addition to the two Academy records, three other changes on the combined 1500-meter lists and the fourth-best shot put mark (see above), Falcons also impacted the top-10 standings of the 200-meter dash (Morgan Malone, sixth, 25.32), 5000-meter run (Matt Bell, 14:06.41, ninth), 10000-meter run (Jeremy Drenckhahn, sixth, 29:28.81), pole vault (Rob Simmons, 10th, 16'11½"), triple jump (Angelea Ross, fourth, 39'4½") and hammer throw (Jalen Fooster, ninth, 188'8").
The 4x100-meter relay team of Uzor Udensi, Anthony Delgado, Jake Spuller and David Ptacek had a busy Saturday in California, competing in two meets in two cities. The quartet opened the day at the Beach Invitational in Norwalk (11:00 a.m.), where they clocked a winning time of 40.87. The group then traveled to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut (1:45 p.m.), where they used a time of 40.80 to finish second in the Olympic Development Elite Division. Delgado (22.08) and Ptacek (22.60) then returned to the Beach Invitational to clock season-best times in the 200-meter dash at 5:45 p.m.
WHAT'S ON DECK
The Falcons return to the Academy next weekend, closing out the 2013 home slate with the Air Force Twilight Open. The meet, which will be held on Friday, May 3, will serve as the final tune-up before the Mountain West Championships (May 8-11). Action is slated to begin at 2 p.m., with the women's hammer and men's discus.