Alumni complete their action at the US Olympic trials
DAY 9 | SATURDAY JUNE 26
Jaci Smith, a 2019 Academy graduate, landed a top 10 in the 10,000-meter race, using a time of 32: 33.33 (10th) to lead a trio of Air Force alumni in the final of the 41 riders. Although the race was moved to an early start to avoid the triple-digit temperatures predicted for later in the day, it was still around 85 degrees at gunpoint. Hannah Everson, a member of the 2016 Air Force Class, finished five places behind Smith (15th) with a time of 32: 48.02, while the recent Academy graduate Maria Mettler won first place by a 2021 college student in the race, taking 28th place in 33: 20.96.
DAY 8 | FRIDAY 25 JUNE
No Air Force competition.
DAY 7 | THURSDAY JUNE 24
Mahala norris concluded his incredible senior campaign with a 13th place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final. The recently appointed Space Force second lieutenant, who won the NCAA title at the same track just 12 days before, clocked the fourth-fastest time of her career (9: 41.59) in the final of the Olympic trials. Norris, who only started competing in the steeplechase on April 30 of this year, had a record-breaking final season for the Falcons – winning the All-America trifecta (cross-country, indoor track, outdoor track), three NCAA conference and championship titles.
DAY 6 | WEDNESDAY JUNE 23
Day off – no competition.
DAY 5 | TUESDAY 22 JUNE
Day off – no competition.
DAY 4 | MONDAY JUNE 21
2017 Air Force graduate Kyle Pater recorded a season-best clearance of 18’8¼ “to finish 10th in the pole vault final. After needing two attempts to clear the opening bar of 17’10½ “, Pater crossed 18 ‘4½” on his first try. He used two attempts to clear 18’8¼ “and then passed 18’10¼” in an attempt to gain ground in the standings, as only two outfielder had left the competition after three laps. Pater made an attempt to reach the best outdoor height of 19’0¼ “, before passing on his two remaining attempts to move to the next clearance. As one of the six outfielder left on the field, he jumped to 19’2 ‘”, before using his last attempt at 19’4¼” and left the competition after a misfire.
DAY 3 | SUNDAY JUNE 20
The incredible senior season of Mahala norris continued, as she qualified for the 3,000-meter steeplechase final. With a time of 9: 35.32, Norris placed fifth in her semifinal to get an automatic Q in the final. A 2021 Academy graduate, who grew up in nearby Roseburg and won the NCAA steeplechase title at this track eight days earlier, Norris quickly made her way to the front half. of the 16-runner race and was in the top four in lap 3 split. She held that position for the next two laps and fought for the last automatic place at the end – pulling away to earn a “Big Q” by a two second margin. Overall, Norris’ time – the second fastest of his career – was 10th in the full field of 33 riders.
Shelley Spiers, a member of the Academy’s Class of 2018, finished seventh in the high jump final after registering a clearance of 6’1½ “- a mark just half an inch off his career record. crossed the opening bar of 5 ‘9¾ “on her first try and, with 11 of the 12 finalists crossing that height on their first try, she was back on approach less than 10 minutes later and easily crossed the bar of 5’11½ “on her first try. She advanced over the Barre 6’1½” on her third attempt, as the field was reduced to nine, but was unable to reach a record career potential of 6’2¾ “and finished the competition tied for seventh place.
DAY 2 | SATURDAY JUNE 19
Kyle Pater advanced to the pole vault final after placing in the top 12 in the qualifying round. Pater, the second outfielder on the track, easily crossed the opening bar of 17’8½ “on his first attempt. He also crossed the next bar (18’0½”) on his first try, before moving on. use two attempts to clear the 18 ‘Bars of 4½ “and 18’6½” – the latter being the best season. Pater finished the qualifying round tied for 10th, as the field of 25 jumpers was reduced to 12 finalists by the end of the 18’6½ ”round.
Michael rhoads, a 2020 Academy graduate, concluded his practice race in the semi-finals of the 800-meter race. Entering the second round, Rhoads found himself at the back of the pack when the group stepped in to form the main pack. He moved up to sixth place at the bell and, after shuffling his standings throughout the final 400 meters, finished seventh in his heat – and 12th overall – with a time of 1: 47.39.
DAY 1 | FRIDAY JUNE 18
Shelley Spiers qualified for the high jump final after a perfect afternoon of jumping. Entering the competition at the opening height of 5’9¾ “, Spiers easily crossed the bar on his first attempt – and successfully registered extra first-attempt clearances at the next two heights (5’11½”, 6’1½ “). Spiers, one of seven jumpers to produce a clean sheet during the competition, was tied for first when the field of 25 athletes was reduced to 12 finalists at the end of the 6 ’round. 1½ “.
“I’ve never been here when it’s not raining, and (today) it was beautiful,” Spiers said with a laugh during the post-match press conference. “It was really fluid. Having a clean dashboard in the preliminary round is very reassuring for the final. I wanted to focus on the first attempts… that made the difference, especially in the final. I felt good from my take-off point. , so I think I settled down. “
Just as the high jump ended on the Hayward Field infield, Michael rhoads took to the track for the opening round of the 800-meter race. Using a powerful kick in the final to gain three places, Rhoads won his race and secured an automatic place in tomorrow’s semi-final race. With a time of 1: 48.64, Rhoads finished 15th overall in the opening round of 32 riders.
“It went as well as it could have been for me,” Rhoads said at his post-race press conference. “The plan was just not to (take the lead in the beginning). Not to be the leader… just do my thing for the last 200 or 150. The work has been in place, in the months and years that have come before. Once you’re in the line, run smart and run hard. “