The Falcons conclude their action at Fresno State
Second year Alexis Brown unleashed a record javelin distance of 152’1″ – an improvement of nearly six feet – to finish fourth in the 23-throw event and move up to sixth in the program’s all-time standings, while senior Frankie Porambo tied his personal best – and Air Force No. 10 – pole vault clearance of 12’5½” to earn a 12th-place finish in this event.
Porambo was one of two Falcons to place in the top half of the pole vault of 29 competitors, as a classmate Erika Willis accounted for the same clearance – a seasonal best – to finish seventh, based on attempts. Second year Katie Thompson tied one of the best all-conditions long jump scores in Air Force history, as she recorded a jump of 19’2¾” (+2.1 m/s) to finish third out of 27 athletes, while senior Ari Martinez rounded out the women’s top 10 list with a fourth-place finish of 5’7″ in the high jump.
Two members of the men’s team also impacted the Academy’s all-time rankings during the trip. Freshman Ben Charlebois added more than a foot to his career pole vault clearance (16’8″) to finish fourth out of 20 jumpers and debut at No. 22 in the program’s historic standings, while junior Jace Pittman posted a career-best hammer throw distance of 176’9″ — a personal improvement of four feet — to debut at No. 25 in the Air Force record books in the only event to be contested friday.
Second year Caiden Macktinger added a career-best 16’2″ to take sixth place in the pole vault, while the senior high jump trio Jacques Hall (fourth, 6’9″), freshman Jalan Rivers (sixth, 6’7″) and classmate Collin Schulz (seventh, 6’5″) all finished in the top seven in the 20-athlete event.
Senior The Shawn Taylor earned a 48’0¾” third-place finish in the triple jump, while achieving the best all-conditions long jump of his career (22’8½, +2.6m/s). His 11th-place finish in the 26-l’ athlete event was less than an inch behind his sophomore teammate John Colizziwho posted a top 10 distance of 22’9¾” (10th). Teagun Glenn accounted for a career-best distance of 194’0″ to place fourth out of 25 athletes in the javelin throw, while classmate Gerrit Tamminga finished in the top half of the field in the discus throw after posting a career-best 167’0″.
The Falcons wrap up the regular season next Friday (May 6), when they host the annual Air Force Twilight Open — the final tune-up before the conference meet — at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex.