Air Force to Host Front Range Classic

May 3, 2012

The Air Force track and field team closes out the regular season this weekend, hosting the fifth annual Front Range Classic on Friday, May 4. The event, which will be held at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex, will feature the six Division I programs along the Front Range, including Air Force Colorado, Colorado State, New Mexico, Northern Colorado and Wyoming. Action begins at 11 a.m., with the women's hammer throw.

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The Front Range Classic will be held Friday, May 4, at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. Admission will be $5 for adults, while students from the six participating institutions and students 8th grade and younger will be admitted free with a valid student ID. The 2012 meet will feature three-time men's champion Air Force, Colorado, 2010 men's champion and three-time women's champion Colorado State, first-time competitor New Mexico, Northern Colorado and 2012 women's champion Wyoming.

FIELD EVENTS: 11:00 a.m.: Women's Hammer Throw, Men's Hammer Throw, Women's Discus Throw, Men's Discus Throw, Women's Javelin Throw, Men's Javelin Throw; 2:00 p.m.: Men's Shot Put, Women's Shot Put; 2:00 p.m.: Men's Long Jump; 2:00 p.m.: Women's Long Jump; 2:00 p.m.: Men's High Jump, Women's High Jump; 2:00 p.m.: Women's Pole Vault, Men's Pole Vault; 4:30 p.m.: Men's Triple Jump; 4:30 p.m.: Women's Triple Jump; RUNNING EVENTS: 2:30 p.m.: Women will compete first in every running event; 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 Air Force men and Colorado State women have each accounted for three Front Range Classic titles, while the CSU men and Wyoming women have each tallied one. Air Force won the men's titles in 2008, 2009 and 2011, while the Colorado State women took first in 2008, 2009 and 2010. A complete list of team finishes and event records can be found on page 2 of this release.

Four Academy records were set or matched on Saturday, April 28. Rachel Thomas set a new record in the 400-meter hurdles at the Jack Christiansen Invitational, while Jen Bremser (3000-meter steeplechase) and the men's distance medley relay team of Lance Wolfsmith, Manny Smith, Alex Lindsay and Alex Zubey broke program standards in their respective events at the Drake Relays. James Cole also matched the Academy record in the discus throw at Drake.

Rachel Thomas cut nearly one second off of her previous time to set a new Academy record in the 400-meter hurdles at the Jack Christiansen Invitational on Apr. 28. Thomas, who finished third in a time of 61.24, bettered the old program record by 0.15 seconds. It is the second time in three weeks that Thomas has reset the Academy's Senior Class Record in the hurdles. Since April 14, Thomas has deleted nearly two seconds from the previous Senior Class mark that had stood since 1984!

Jen Bremser broke the seven-year-old Academy record in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Drake Relays on April 28, as she clocked a time of 10:46.79. Improving her personal time by nine seconds, Bremser moved from third to first on the program's all-time list. She cut two seconds off of the 2005 record, while setting a new Junior Class Record.

The quartet of Lance Wolfsmith, Manny Smith, Alex Lindsay and Alex Zubey combined to set a new Academy record in the distance medley relay at Drake. Clocking a combined time of 9:43.22, they cut over one second off of the previous time that Zubey had helped set last year.

Tossing a career-best 183'9" to finish third in the discus throw at the Drake Relays, James Cole matched the Academy record that Shawn Larcher first set in 1993. The mark, a personal improvement by three feet, also improved the program's Senior Class Record that Cole first set at the Beach Invitational.

Jim Walmsley and Andrew Quallio had impressive debuts in their respective events at the Drake Relays. In his first 3000-meter steeplechase, Walmsley debuted in fifth on the all-time list, as he became the just the sixth Air Force runner to better the nine-minute mark with a time of 8:58.66. Quallio, competing in his first 10,000-meter run, posted the eighth-fastest time in program history (29:51.96) as he became the ninth Air Force runner to break the 30-minute mark.

With a toss of 196'10", Sean Herbison recorded the third-best hammer throw in Academy history to enter the program's top-10 list, while Chase Cooper cleared 16'9½" to move into a tie for ninth on the Academy's all-time list in the pole vault. On the women's side, the 4x800-meter relay of Taylor Drolshagan, Morgan Mosby, Melissa Fuerst and Rebecca Esselstein clocked the fastest time since 1984 to move into second on the program's all-time list (9:13.04), while Mosby, Esselstein, Fuerst and Bethany Gross posted the second-fastest DMR time in Academy history at 11:50.86.

Chase Cooper and Bizzy Mellado paced Air Force to four scoring finishes in both the men's and women's pole vault at the Jack Christiansen Invitational. Cooper won the men's vault with a clearance of 16'9½", while Cort Rogers and Joey Uhle tied for second with matching 15'9¼" marks and Elliott Beski finished fourth with a clearance of 15'3½". Mellado won the women's event with a height of 12'4 ½", while Tawny Lambuth took second at 11'5". Libby Westfall and Paige Shirley scored for the Falcons with respective fourth- (10'11") and fifth-place (10'5¼") finishes.

Air Force remains at the Academy next weekend to host the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The four-day event will be held Wednesday-Saturday (May 9-12) at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex.