MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships Begin Wednesday

May 8, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -

The 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin Wednesday, May 9.

For the second time in MW history, Air Force will serve as the host site for the Championships, which will run from Wednesday through Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Cadet Outdoor Track & Field Complex. The Falcons also hosted the 2002 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. Live results will be available online by visiting TheMWC.com and GoAirForceFalcons.com.

Air Force senior Cale Simmons enters this week's event with aspirations of the men's pole vault title after posting a mark of 18'-0.50" (5.50m) at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, which ranks first in the MW this season. Sophomore Kassie Gurnell enters the 2012 MW Championships seeking the women's triple jump crown. She became the first Air Force female to break the 42' foot mark in the event when she broke her own program record at the Mt. SAC Relays with a winning-clearance of 42'-3.50" (12.89m), which ranks second in the Conference this season.

Kurt Felix, a senior at Boise State, set a new Mountain West all-time record in the men's decathlon (7,972 points) at the Mt. SAC Relays/CA Invitational Multi Events. His female counterpart, senior Mele Vaisima, is looking to make her mark in the women's hammer throw. This season, Vaisima ranks second in the MW and 15th in the country with a toss of 201'-6.00" (61.41m).

For the Colorado State men, Trevor Brown enters the weekend leading the league in the 110-meter hurdles after clocking the fastest time in MW history (13.75 seconds) at the Mt. SAC Relays. CSU's Nicole Peters broke the school record in the women's 5,000-meter run at the Mt. SAC Relays, finishing in 16:12.02, which is eight seconds faster than the previous record. Peters also set a personal record in the women's 3,000-meter Steeplechase this spring, turning in a time of 10:15.42 at the Stanford Invitational.

New Mexico sophomore Kendall Spencer is coming off an individual national championship in the men's long jump at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. He set new MW and New Mexico records, respectively, in the long jump at the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational, posting a collegiate personal-best mark of 26'-8.25" (8.13m). On the women's side, senior Sarah Waldron set a new Mountain West all-time mark in the women's 5,000-meter run at the Payton Jordan Invitational, clocking in at 15:37.49.

San Diego State is led by junior Kelsy Hintz, the defending MW women's pole vault champion. Hintz paces the league in the event during the 2012 outdoor season after notching a personal-best leap of 13'-10.00" (4.22m) at the UCSD Triton Invitational. Aztec sophomore Allison Reaser has posted personal-best marks in six events during her outdoor campaign: 200m (24.27), 800m (2:19.37), 100m hurdles (13.77), 400m hurdles (58.37), javelin throw (124'-7.00") and the heptathlon (5,510 points).

TCU junior Charles Silmon seeks his third-consecutive 100-meter dash championship. Earlier this spring, the two-time MW champion clocked in at 10.15 seconds, a time which ranks second all-time in Mountain West history. Whitney Gipson, the NCAA national champion in the women's long jump during the indoor season, looks to capture her second consecutive MW long jump title. She ranks second in the league in the event with a mark of 21'-10.75" (6.67m), trailing only her teammate, freshman Lorriane Ugen, who owns a Conference-leading jump of 22'-5.00" (6.83m).

UNLV's Amanda Bingson seeks her third-straight MW women's hammer throw title after recording the top hammer throw mark in the NCAA this season. Her throw of 228'-10.00" (69.75m), recorded at the Randall Cunningham Invitational, is also a program record and ranks third in MW history.

Wyoming senior Jeremiah James ranks second in the league in the triple jump with a leap of 51'-0.75" (15.56m) and sixth in the MW in the long jump with a mark of 24'-1.00" (7.34m). On the women's side, sophomore Erin Kirby holds the third-best 400-meter hurdles mark during the outdoor season after posting an altitude-adjusted time of 1:00.72 at the Front Range Classic.

At last year's Mountain West championships, 11 men's and women's performances ranked among the top-five in MW championships history.