Falcons Have a Strong Day at Baylor Invitational
WACO, Texas – The Air Force track made four improvements to the Academy Record Book, set a Record Facility and scored 21 first-five finishes this afternoon (April 3) during an impressive day of action at Baylor Invitational in Waco.
Junior Michelle Roca highlighted Falcons Day on the track as she recorded the second fastest time 400 meters in Academy history and broke the program’s 10-year Junior Class Record. Falling more than half a second from setting last week to debut in the top ten, Roca crossed the finish line at 61.23 to finish third and finish sixth in the Academy’s history books.
Champion Katie Thompson continued to rewrite the Academy rankings on Saturday, improving a pair of top 10 lists within four hours. After recording a long jump of 18’8½ “to finish fifth in the meeting and improve her No. 3 spot on the Academy Record Book, Thompson clocked a time of 14.59 in the 100m hurdles to be placed in the top half of the court ( 10th) and debut in the seventh ranking of all program seasons.
Senior Luke Zuluaga, junior Sean Geither, junior Zachary Dicken and junior Wyatt Murphy covered the re-recording of the record with the fourth fastest 4x400m relay in the history of the Academy. Combining to cross the finish line at 3: 09.66, the quartet became the first relay since 2018 to affect the list of the top 10.
Senior Konrad Steck easily broke Clyde Hart Stadium’s 5000m record this afternoon as he clocked a time of 14: 18.59 to take first place and lead the Air Force in a sweep of the first four finishes in this 14 -. Runner event. Steck was one of three Falcons to improve on a previous set record of 14: 29.76 that had been broken since 2015. Freshman Ryan Child posted a time of 14: 22.14 in his 5000m freestyle debut to finish in second place. while student Joseph Wittig took almost a minute from his previous year to finish third (14: 24.93). Senior Drew Lester completed the Air Force sweep as he scored a career-best 14: 40.52 to finish fourth.
The kid was one of five Falcons to win second place on Saturday. Junior Jake Hall reached 6’8¼ “to finish second in the high jump and lead the Air Force to two of the top three distances – and four of the top six finals. Murphy and debutant Philip Hundl finished fourth. Junior La’akea Aiu won the second place in the obstacle course. Junior La’akea Aiu won the second place in the hurdles of Junior La’akea Aiu. 400 meters (52.92) after taking almost a second from his previous best time, while teammate Nick Oesterling and student Jaret Prete won the same position in two of the throwing events.Oesterling released the first 200-foot javelin of his career (201’2 “) who finished second in this event, while Prete added a distance from the second place of 182’1” to the hammer.
Newcomer John Colizzi recorded the best career distance 22’7¼ “to finish third in the long jump, while the men’s 4x100m relay won the same position after 41.46. Junior Ethan Gardner added the top-five finish to the pole vault , as he surpassed 16’8¾ “to finish fourth in the 14-vaulter event.
Senior Addyson Smith won a pair of top five scores for women, finishing fourth in the shot (42’2 “) and fifth in the discus (145’1”) this afternoon. Junior Brid O’Connell had a career-best time of 2: 13.43 to finish third in the first 800m race of the season, while teammates Ari Martinez and Kristin Kerrigan scored the first five jumps in the jump (fourth, 5 ‘). 5¼ “) and javelin throw (fifth, 117’11”), respectively.
The Air Force returns to action with a pair of meetings next weekend. Multiplayer athletes travel to Ariz Tucson. For the annual Jim Click Decathlon on April 8-9, while the rest of the team travels to Boulder for the Colorado Invitational on April 9-10.