Falcons Set to Host AF Twilight Open
May 1, 2013
The Air Force track and field team returns to the Academy this week to host the AF Twilight Open on Friday, May 3. The meet, the Falcons' final competition at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex this season, is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m., with the women's hammer throw and men's discus throw. Admission is free for all spectators.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
1:30 p.m.: Women's Hammer Throw, Men's Hammer Throw; 1:30 p.m.: Men's Discus Throw, Women's Discus Throw, Men's Shot Put, Women's Shot Put, Men's Javelin Throw, Women's Javelin Throw; 2:30 p.m.: Women's Pole Vault, Men's Pole Vault; 2:30 p.m.: Men's High Jump, Women's High Jump; 2:30 p.m.: Women's Long Jump, Men's Long Jump, Women's Triple Jump, Men's Triple Jump; 3:30 p.m.: 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 (women will compete first in all running events).
TOP 40 HITS
Four Falcons are listed among the nation's top 40, including two pole vaulters - Cale Simmons (fifth) and Joey Uhle (eighth) - that are ranked in the top 10. Jeremy Drenckhahn is also listed among the men's top-40, as he is ranked 29th in the 10,000-meter run. On the women's side, Annette Eichenberger is ranked 40th in the 800-meter run. In addition, Jen Bremser (steeplechase, 45th) and James Chambers (discus throw, 47th) are ranked among the nation's top 50.
Air Force has two of its members listed on the USTFCCCA list of track and field athletes who also compete in football. Garrett Griffin is ranked fourth in the javelin throw after tossing a personal-best 201'3" at the Air Force Triangular. Griffin, the top-ranked freshman, is listed second among Division I athletes in that event. Following career-best performances at the Jack Christiansen Invitational, James Chambers holds a pair of top-10 rankings, as he is listed fifth in the discus throw (180'1") and seventh in the shot put (54'5½"). Chambers' distance in the shot put is ranked second among DI athletes.
A SHATTERING EFFECT
Clocking in at 11:15.76, the distance medley relay team of Morgan Mosby, Bethany Gross, Annette Eichenberger and Melissa Fuerst deleted 11 seconds from the Academy's all-time record at the Drake Relays on April 27. The quartet, which also holds the program's indoor DMR record, easily broke the Academy's seven-year-old record in that event, while placing fourth among 13 teams.
COUNTING DOWN ... AND MOVING UP
The 4x100-meter relay team of Uzor Udensi, Anthony Delgado, Jake Spuller and David Ptacek clocked the fourth-fastest time in Academy history (40.61) during the finals of the Drake Relays on April 27. The quartet accounted for the program's fastest time in that relay since 1997. With that time, the Falcons broke a tie with the 2007 squad and took over fourth on the Academy's all-time list.
JUST THROWING IT OUT THERE
James Chambers used a pair of career performances to debut on the Academy's all-time list in the discus throw (third) and shot put (ninth) at the Jack Christiansen Invitational on April 27. He improved his distance in the discus throw by six feet (180'1") to become just the third Air Force thrower to surpass the 180-foot mark. Chambers also used a throw of 54'5½" to enter the program's all-time standings in the shot put.
Backed by his career-best throw of 180'3", James Chambers was the top collegiate finisher in the discus at the Jack Christiansen Invitational. Finishing fourth overall in a field that included a two-time Olympian, a 2012 Olympian and two-time All-American, Chambers bettered the collegiate field by over eight feet.
Using a toss of 171'3", Grant Hamilton improved the program's Freshman Class Record in the discus throw for the second time in three weeks. With that mark, which added over one foot to the record he first set at the Air Force Triangular on April 12, Hamilton has added three feet to the original Class Record that had stood for 22 years.
TABB AND FOOSTER IMPROVE MARKS AT CSU
Two additional top-10 incursions were recorded in throwing events at the Jack Christiansen Invitational over the April 26-27 weekend. Danielle Tabb improved her fourth-place standing on the shot put's all-time list with a career-best 47'11¼", while Jalen Fooster moved from ninth to sixth on the program's hammer throw standings with a personal-best distance of 192'6".
HIGHER AND HIGHER
Paige Shirley became the eighth female in Academy history to clear the 12-foot bar in the outdoor pole vault, as she won the Jack Christiansen Invitational with a career-best clearance of 12'2½" and moved into seventh on the program's all-time list.
THE RELAY ROUNDUP
Crossing the finish line in 7:35.07, the quartet of Ted Artz, Zach Perkins, Patrick Corona and Grant Caswell clocked the second-fastest 4x800-meter relay time in Academy history. The squad, which finished eighth at the Drake Relays on April 26, became just the second team since 1990 to impact the program's top-three in that event, while bumping the 1967 squad from the list.
Anthony Delgado had just 17 minutes between the preliminary heat of the 4x100-meter relay and his 400-meter leg of the Falcons' distance medley relay at the Drake Relays on Friday, April 26. Delgado, who ran the second leg of the 4x100 team that finished ninth with a time of 41.20, turned around and clocked a 47.6 split on his 400-meter leg of the DMR that finished second in 9:47.19 (Jake Hawkins, Alex Lindsay and Zach Perkins).
CLIMBING UP THE RANKINGS
Jen Bremser and Kate Kanetkzy climbed made some changes to the top of the all-time standings in the 5000-meter and 10,000-meter events, respectively, during the opening night of competition at the Drake Relays on April 25. Finishing in 16:48.02, Bremser cut nearly one minute from her 5000-meter time to jump from 10th to second on the program's all-time list, while Kanetzky, who finished the 10K in 36:06.15, knocked nearly 40 seconds from her previous time to move from fourth to third on the all-time list.
DID YOU KNOW?
Jen Bremser now holds the Academy's fastest Division I times for both the indoor and outdoor 5000-meter races.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Air Force begins the 2013 championship season next week, as it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., for the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The four-day event begins on Wednesday, May 8, at the Sheila Tarr Smith Field at Myron Partridge Stadium on the campus of UNLV.