Feb 26, 2014 12:18 AM by Greg Smith
The Air Force track and field team returns to the Academy this weekend to host the 2014 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships. The three-day meet, which begins with the heptathlon and pentathlon on Thursday (February 27) and runs through Saturday (March 1) at the Cadet Field House Indoor Track.
Meet Notes 09: Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships Get Acrobat Reader
The Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held at the Academy for the first time since 2009. Tickets are $8 during each day of full competition and can be purchased at the Academy's Ticket Office, beginning one hour prior to the first event. For fans unable to make it to the meet, real-time results will be available through the Championship Central site (theMW.com).
Thursday's action, which features the women's pentathlon and the first four events of the men's heptathlon, begins at 11:00 a.m. Friday's competition starts with the conclusion of the heptathlon at 11:00 a.m., while individual events begin at 11:00 a.m. (field) and 1:30 p.m. (track). Saturday's action begins on the field at 10:00 a.m., while running events get underway at noon. A complete schedule of events is located in the Meet Information box.
The Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships will feature 11 women's teams (Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming), as well as the men's programs from Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming.
A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON
Since the formation of the Mountain West Conference for the 200 season, Air Force has been atop the indoor medal podium on 40 occasions and earned 146 all-conference selections. Former standouts Sean Houseworth, Travis Picou and Justin Tyner are the program's most decorated indoor champions, as each runner claimed three titles.
A LOOK AT THE STANDINGS
Air Force holds four of the top-five clearances in the pole vault, including all of the top three (Joey Uhle, 17'10½"; Dylan Bell, 17'6½"; Cort Rogers, 17'2¾"). The Falcons also hold two of the top-three clearances in the high jump, behind Kobi Rex's MW-leading height of 7'0½" and Taylor Smith's third-ranked jump of 6'10¾", while Annette Eichenberger enters the championship meet with a conference-best 800-meter time of 2:06.53.
A QUICK LOOK AT LAST YEAR'S MEET
With a program-best 59.33 points, the women's team recorded its best placement in team history with a sixth-place finish at the 2013 MW Indoor Championships, while the men picked up a second-place finish with 145 points. The Falcons collected three titles, including championships by Joey Uhle (pole vault), Zach Perkins (mile run) and the distance medley relay team of Rebecca Esselstein, Bethany Gross, Morgan Mosby and Melissa Fuerst.
FRAWLEY TAKES BRONZE AT USATF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Former Air Force All-American Nick Frawley, a 2010 Academy graduate, used a personal-best clearance of 18'2½" to finish third in the pole vault at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which were held on Feb. 22-23 in Albuquerque.
THE BIG 5-0
Danielle Tabb became just the third thrower in Air Force women's history to reach the 50-foot mark in the shot put, during a 50'0¾" performance at the Rocky Mountain Classic on Feb. 21. Bettering the field by over two feet, Tabb easily won the event with the third-best throw in Academy history.
A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME
Competing in just her second meet, Mikayla Robertson recorded the seventh-best triple jump distance in Academy history (37'8½") to finish first at Wyoming on Feb. 21. Robertson is the third member of the current lineup to impact the program's top 10 ... a list that hasn't changed for five years prior to the arrival of current record-holder Kassie Gurnell in 2011.
FALCONS ADD FOUR TO OFFICIALS HALL OF HONOR
Air Force added four long-time competition officials - Benny Nasser (head throws judge), Glenn Scott (umpire), the late DeWayne Crumb (starter) and the late LeRoy Simpson (high jump judge, head field judge, coordinator of officials) - to the Air Force Track and Field Official's Hall of Honor during the Falcons' final regular season indoor meet on Feb. 15.
WHAT'S ON DECK
The indoor season concludes over the March 14-15 weekend at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. The outdoor season is scheduled to begin the following week, as the squad splits for the Arizona State Invitational (Tempe, Ariz.) and Jerry Quiller Classic (Boulder, Colo.) over the March 21-22 weekend.