Track and Field Hands Out 2013 Team Awards
May 27, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force seniors Cale Simmons and Jen Bremser were named the Most Valuable Athletes of the 2013 track and field team during the program's fourth-annual Senior Awards Social on Monday, May 27. During the final gathering of the season, the Falcons' coaching staff handed out 12 awards to members of their senior class.
In addition to his MVP honor, Simmons was awarded with the Alonzo Babers Performance Award for the second time in as many years. An NCAA finalist for the fourth straight championship cycle, Simmons reset his own Academy records in the pole vault during both the indoor and outdoor seasons, captured his second straight Mountain West outdoor title and used his Academy outdoor record clearance of 18'4¾" to establish a new MW all-time mark. The holder of six all-conference citations, Simmons is a three-time recipient of All-America status.
Bremser, who also claimed the women's High Point Award, collected four scoring finishes at the Mountain West Championship meets during her final season, including a pair of runner-up finishes (indoor 3000-meter run, outdoor 3000-meter steeplechase). She rewrote her own Academy record in the steeplechase twice, broke Callie Calhoun's 23-year-old record in the 3000-meter run and clocked the program's second-fastest times in the 5000-meter run during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Anthony Delgado and Matt Bell also earned a pair of team awards on the night. Delgado received the prestigious Gen Tad Olestrom Award for Excellence and the Falcon Award for Spirit and Enthusiasm, while Bell earned the Paul Gensic Comeback Award and the men's High Point Award. Delgado captured the program's first 400-meter title in 13 years, while running on both of the outdoor all-conference relay teams. Bell, who entered the program's top-10 in both the 5000- and 10,000-meter races during the outdoor season, collected three top-three finishes at the conference meet, including runner-up finishes in the 3000- and 5000-meter events at the MW indoor meet.
Brian Ford and Uzor Udensi shared the Arne Arneson Coaches' Award for Dedication, while James Chambers and Zach Wood were the dual recipients of the Bret Hyde Award for Drive and Determination. Ford (hammer throw), Udensi (200-meter dash) and Chambers (discus throw) placed second in their respective events at the MW Outdoor Championships, while Wood earned the same placement in the high jump at the conference's indoor meet.
All four also impacted the Academy record book during their final seasons. Chambers and Ford accounted for the second-best distance in the weight throw (Ford) and the third-best all-time throws in both the discus throw (Chambers) and hammer throw (Ford), as well as top-10 marks in the indoor and outdoor shot put (Chambers) and discus throw (Ford). Udensi clocked the fifth-fastest 200-meter time in Academy history at the conference outdoor meet, while Wood accounted for the sixth-best high jump clearance during the indoor season.
On the women's side, Morgan Mosby was awarded the Gail Conway Outstanding Performance for the second straight year, after resetting her Academy record in the 1500-meter run twice, en route to a quarterfinal appearance at the NCAA Championships. Bizzy Mellado collected the Callie Calhoun Award for Drive and Determination, as she scored for the Falcons in the pole vault at both the indoor and outdoor conference championships and accounted for the third-best outdoor clearance in Academy history.
2013 SENIOR CLASS AWARD WINNERS
Most Valuable Athlete - Men: Cale Simmons
Most Valuable Athlete - Women: Jen Bremser
Gen Tad Oelstrom Award for Excellence:>Anthony Delgado
Arne Arneson Coaches' Award for Dedication:>Brian Ford, Uzor Udensi
Bret Hyde Award for Drive and Determination: James Chambers, Zach Wood
Callie Calhoun Award for Drive and Determination: Bizzy Mellado
Alonzo Babers Outstanding Performance Award: Cale Simmons
Gail Conway Outstanding Performance Award: Morgan Mosby
Falcon Award for Spirit and Enthusiasm:>Anthony Delgado
Paul Gensic Comeback Award: Matt Bell
High Point Award - Men: Matt Bell
High Point Award - Women: Jen Bremser
The Falcons' coaching staff also honored nine members of the freshman, sophomore and junior classes, during the program's fourth-annual Underclassmen Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 17. Sophomore Zach Perkins and junior Annette Eichenberger earned two of the program's top awards, as they received the Most Competitive Award for their respective teams.
Perkins claimed a pair of Mountain West titles (indoor mile, outdoor 1500 meters) during his sophomore season, while advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 1500-meter run. Perkins set a new MW Championship meet record during his winning outdoor title run, while moving into third on the program's all-time list and setting a new Sophomore Class Record. He also clocked the seventh-fastest mile time (Sophomore Class Record) and 10th-fastest 800-meter time outdoors.
Eichenberger impacted six different events during her junior season, while finishing second in the 800-meter run at both championship-meets. In addition to advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Outdoor Championships (West Preliminary) in the 800-meter run, she ran on the record-setting distance medley relay, clocked the second-fastest indoor and the third-fastest outdoor times in the Academy's 800-meter history and debuted on the program's all-time list in the 400-meter dash and 1500-meter run during her first appearance in each race.
Following strong freshmen campaigns, Grant Hamilton and Angelea Ross were honored with the program's Newcomer of the Year awards. Hamilton set Class Records in the shot put and discus throw, while recording the second-best shot put mark in Academy history during a runner-up finish at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships. Highlighted by the second-best indoor triple jump in Academy history, Ross impacted the program's all-time record book in that event during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Junior David Ptacek was named the Most Improved Athlete of the men's team, while sophomores Erica Carson and Rebecca Esselstein shared the women's Most Improved award. In addition to finishing second in the 100-meter dash at the MW Championships and setting the program record in the 500-meter dash, Ptacek ran on all four of the Falcons' all-MW relay teams. Carson and Esselstein scored in the 400-meter dash and 1500-meter run, respectively, at the outdoor championships, while Esselstein also ran on the winning distance medley relay at the indoor meet. In addition, both debuted in sixth on the Academy's all-time standings for the outdoor 400-meter dash and indoor 800-meter run, respectively.
Sophomore Jake Spuller earned the team's Laura Piper Ironman Award, after competing on three of the four all-conference relay teams and clocking the ninth-fastest indoor 200-meter time in Academy history. Fellow sophomore Matt Waddel rounded out the Falcons' team awards, as he received the Ernie Cuncliffe Manager of the Year award.
2013 UNDERCLASS AWARD WINNERS
Most Competitive Award - Men: Zach Perkins
Most Competitive Award - Women: Annette Eichenberger
Newcomer of the Year - Men: Grant Hamilton
Newcomer of the Year - Women: Angelea Ross
Most Improved Award - Men: David Ptacek
Most Improved Award - Women: Erica Carson, Rebecca Esselstein
Laura Piper Ironman Award: Jake Spuller
Ernie Cuncliffe Manager of the Year: Matt Waddel
Air Force is in the midst of another successful season, as the men captured their second straight title at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships and a program-record 23 Falcons were selected to attend the NCAA Outdoor Championships (West Preliminary). In addition to two indoor All-Americans and three advancing to next week's outdoor finals, the Falcons earned six conference championship titles (three indoors, three outdoor). Four Academy records were set during the outdoor season, while five program-best marks were recorded indoors. A total of 78 incursions were made to the program's all-time standings this season.