The Falcons wrap up the action at the Jerry Quiller Classic
A pair of freshmen debuted at No. 15 in the program’s all-time rankings in their respective outdoor debuts at Potts Field, as Taylor Rioux posted a 200-meter time of 25.77 to finish third in the 11-runner event and Katie Schlather cleared 11’11¾” to win the Air Force Pole Vault. Senior La’akea Aiu improved his own No. 17 time in the 400-meter hurdles with a career-best, fourth-place finish of 52.67, while second-year Ava Gilliana and senior Adrianna Wilder debuted at No. 22 (4:42.83 gross, 4:36.09a) and No. 23 (4:43.26, 4:36.51a), respectively, after finishing in the top five in the 1,500 meters.
AIR FORCE FIRST PLACE
400 meters men: Sean Geither47.85
110 meters hurdles men: Philip Hundl14.61
Men’s 4x100m relay: team, 42.04
Men’s high jump: Jacques Hall6’8¾”
Men’s Pole Vault: Ethan Gardner15’11”
Women’s Pole Vault: Katie Schlather11’11¾”
Men’s long jump: Brandon Lindner21’8″
Men’s discus throw: Hayden Bullock178’0″
Sean Geither led the Falcons to a top-three sweep in the 400 meters, as the senior won the race with a time of 47.85. Classmate Wyatt Murphy finished second with a time of 48.22 – a mark just 0.07 off his career best, while fellow senior Charles Dimnwaobi posted a time of 48.53 for third place on his outdoor debut in this event. In total, the Air Force won four of the top six spots in the 14-runner event, as a senior Frank Rossi placed sixth with a first outdoor event of 49.96.
The Falcons accounted for three of the top four places in the 110-meter hurdles and high jump, as well as half of the top six places in the discus throw. Second year Philip Hundl clocked a career-best 14.61 to win the high hurdles, while classmate Seth Meador took second place in a 14.83 debut event and fellow sophomore Brian Hubbard placed fourth with a career-best score of 15.49. Senior Jacques Hall opened the outdoor season with a winning clearance of 6’9¾” in the high jump, while freshmen Collin Schulz and Jalan Rivers finished third and fourth, respectively, in their outdoor debut after equivalent performances of 6’6¾”. Junior Hayden Bullock earned the Falcons’ most dominant win on Saturday, as he recorded a 178’0″ throw to win the discus throw over 12 feet. Junior Jace Pittman and second Gerrit Tamminga joined Bullock in the top six of the 12-pitch event, finishing fourth (personal best 151’2″) and sixth (147’10”), respectively.
Second year Brandon Lindner rounded out the Falcons’ list of outright winners on Saturday, as he posted a career-best distance of 21’8″ in the long jump. Lindner, who shared that distance with a UC athlete, earned the first place after a 21′ 6¾” jump as his second-best mark of the day in tie-breaking proceedings.
Schlather’s winning clearance of 11’11¾” in the pole vault came at an Air Force event that saw the seniors Ethan Gardner finish first in the men’s event with a height of 15’11”. Additionally, the Academy’s 4×100 meter relay also saw just 0.42 seconds separate two Air Force teams, with a second Jackson ConnellyDimnwaobi, Geither and junior Zac Larrier with the winning time of 42.04.
The men accounted for four of the top eight in the 1,500 meters, as well as multiple top-five finishes in the 100 and 200 meter sprints. The Maison twins – Scott (3:53.88) and Sean (3:56.92) – finished third and sixth, respectively, in the day’s opening event, while the freshman Bryce Lentz added a seventh place in 3:57.20 and senior Matt Zacharie clocked 3:57.53 to finish eighth. Second year John Colizzi and Hubbard finished fourth (11.20 event start) and fifth (career best 11.21), respectively, in the 100 meters, while Colizzi added a second fourth place finish in the 200 meters (22.21 event start) after Connelly took third place with a career best time of 21.94.
On the women’s side, first year Ally Peterson joined Gilliana and Wilder in the top half of the 1,500 meters standings (4:49.46, sixth), while second Katie Van Havel finished second in the long jump with a wind-assisted 16’10” jump and senior Ari Martinez opened his outdoor season with a 5’6½” mark in the high jump.
The Falcons travel to California next weekend to compete in the Aztec Invitational at San Diego State.