Air Force to Host MW Track and Field Championships
May 8, 2012
The Air Force track and field team wraps up its home slate this week when it hosts the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet, which features six men's teams and eight women's teams, will be held Wednesday through Saturday (May 9-12) at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex.
The 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held May 9-12 at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. The meet features six men's teams (Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, TCU, Wyoming) and eight women's teams (Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, TCU, UNLV, Wyoming). For fans that cannot make it to the meet, real-time results will be available at http://www.rtspt.com/events/mwc/2012_outdoor/.
TICKET AND ENTRY INFORMATION
The Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. Admission for Friday and Saturday's competition is $10 for adults and $5 for students, while youth eighth-grade and under receive free admission with a valid Student ID and the purchase of an adult ticket. There is no admission for Wednesday and Thursday. Fans will need to enter the Academy through the North Gate and continue west, before entering the Athletic Fields at the first left past the overlooks. Parking is available throughout the Athletic Fields.
The conference championships begin on Wednesday (May 9) with the first four events of the heptathlon (12:00 p.m.) and the first five events of the decathlon (12:30 p.m.). The decathlon (12:00 p.m.) and heptathlon (12:30 p.m.) conclude on Thursday (May 10), while the men's hammer throw will take place at 5:00 p.m. Friday's action begins at 10 a.m. with the women's hammer throw (first track event at 1:00 p.m.), while Saturday begins at 10:30 a.m. with the women's shot put (first track event at 12:30 p.m.). A complete schedule is located on page 2 of this release.
A HISTORY LESSON
Since the formation of the Mountain West Conference for the 2000 season, Air Force has been atop the outdoor medal podium on 41 occasions, while claiming 137 all-conference honors. Former Falcons Dana Pounds, Anthony Park and Ben Payne are the most decorated outdoor champions, as each has won three titles. Air Force earned three conference championships at the 2011 meet in Fort Collins, including titles from current Falcons Bryce Bergman (400-meter hurdles) and Robert Drye (hammer throw).
IT'S A LITTLE BLUE AT THE TOP
Air Force holds six of the top seven marks in the pole vault this season, including the top three heights. Cale Simmons currently leads the league with a height of 18'0½", while Joey Uhle is ranked second at 17'2¾" and Chase Cooper is third with a clearance of 16'10¾". Cort Rogers (16'9½"), Elliott Beski (16'1¼") and Michael Tibbs (16'0¾") are ranked fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Air Force holds two of the top three clearances on the women's side, as Kimber Shealy and Bizzy Mellado are ranked second (13'1¾") and third (12'11½"), respectively. The women also claim two additional heights among the top seven, as Tawny Lambuth is ranked sixth (12'8¼") and Wren Bonner is ranked seventh (12'5½").
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...
The men hold three of the top five times in the 800-meter run (Alex Zubey, second; Alex Lindsay, third; Nick White, fifth) and high jump (Kobi Rex/Zach Wood, second; Travis Smith, fourth). In addition, the women claim three of the top five distances in the javelin, behind Paige Blackburn (first), Kim Smith (third) and Nichole Freeman (fifth).
Entering the conference championship weekend, several Falcons are ranked among the top of the Mountain West Conference. Jim Walmsley is the conference leader in the 5000-meter and 10,000-meter distances, while Cale Simmons (pole vault), James Cole (discus throw), Sean Herbison (hammer throw) and Paige Blackburn (javelin throw) and men's 4x400-meter relay team of Manny Smith, Anthony Delgado, Jake Spuller and Michael Craig also lead the conference. In addition, Smith (400-meter dash), Alex Zubey (800-meter run/1500-meter run), Kobi Rex (high jump), Zach Wood (high jump), Kimber Shealy (pole vault), Kassie Gurnell (triple jump) and Mikey Laurtizen (javelin throw) are ranked second in the conference.
FALCONS SWEEP WEEKLY CONFERENCE AWARDS
Joey Uhle and Kimber Shealy were named the Mountain West Men's and Women's Athletes of the Week on May 8, after a stellar weekend of pole vault competition at the Front Range Classic. It is the third time that Air Force has swept the league's weekly awards, as Uhle and Shealy joined Paul Gensic/Olivia Korte in 2005 and Nick Frawley/Sara Neubauer in 2010. Uhle moved into sixth on the men's all-time list to claim his first weekly honor, while Shealy, who set a new women's record, earned her third career weekly honor from the Mountain West.
CHAMBERS RANKED SEVENTH IN SHOT PUT AMONG TWO-SPORT ATHLETES
With a career-best throw of 53'8 ¼", James Chambers debuted in seventh on the USTFCCCA list of "Outdoor Track and Field Bests by Collegiate Football Players". Chambers, a linebacker for the Falcons' football team, currently leads the team in the shot put and is ranked eighth overall in the conference. In the Outdoor Best by Collegiate Football Players list, he is ranked seventh among Division I players.
FALCONS SWEEP FRONT RANGE CLASSIC TEAM TITLES
The men tallied a meet-record 301 points to win their fourth Front Range Classic in five years, while the women accumulated 193 points to win their first-ever team title. It is the second time that one program has claimed both the men's and women's team titles, as Colorado State swept the 2010 titles.
SHEALY SETS ACADEMY POLE VAULT RECORD
Kimber Shealy cleared an Academy-record 13'1¾" to win the pole vault at the Front Range Classic on May 4. In addition to breaking the program's 2008 record of 13'1½", Shealy broke the FRC meet record of 12'7½" that had stood since 2008 and the Stadium record of 13'1¼" that had stood since 2002.
POLE VAULT POWER
The Academy record by Kimber Shealy was one of four improvements to the program's top-10 list in the pole vault at the Front Range Classic. Bizzy Mellado recorded a height of 12'11½" to move into third on the women's all-time list and tie the Junior Class Record. On the men's side, Joey Uhle cleared 17'2¾" to move into sixth on the all-time list, while Chase Cooper posted a height of 16'10¾" to record the 10th-best mark in program history.
CAN I GET A REWRITE?
In addition to the pole vault standings, several other improvements were made to the program's all-time record book at the Front Range Classic. Morgan Malone and Erica Carson recorded the sixth-fastest (25.43) and eighth-fastest (25.61) times in the women's 200-meter dash, while Jake Spuller posted the 10th-best men's time at 21.40. Tawny Lambuth clocked the ninth-best 100-meter time at 12.42 and Nichole Freeman moved into the ninth on the javelin's all-time list with a throw of 143'5", while Sierra Schepper tied for the 10th-fastest 100-meter hurdles time at 14.93.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Select Falcons return to action on May 24-26, when they travel to Austin, Texas, for the preliminary round of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.