COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Air Force men and TCU women both emerged victorious from the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Cadet Outdoor Track & Field Complex in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Air Force men (189.5 points) won their first Mountain West title, while the TCU women (147 points) also took home their first MW crown.
On the men's side, Boise State finished second (159 points), followed by New Mexico (140), TCU (127), Colorado State (100.50) and Wyoming (96). Colorado State finished second on the women's side (135 points), with UNLV (130), San Diego State (103.50) and Boise State (83) finishing third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Air Force came in sixth (79), while New Mexico (76.50) and Wyoming (63) rounded out the scoring.
Final Team Scores (Men):
1. Air Force - 189.50; 2. Boise State - 159; 3. New Mexico - 140; 4. TCU - 127; 5. Colorado State - 100.50; 6. Wyoming - 96.
Final Team Scores (Women):
1. TCU - 147; 2. Colorado State - 135; 3. UNLV - 130; 4. San Diego State - 103.50; 5. Boise State - 83; 6. Air Force - 79; 7. New Mexico - 76.50; 8. Wyoming - 63.
Coaches of the Year: Women: Darryl Anderson - TCU Men: Ralph Lindeman - Air Force
High Point Performers: Women: Allison Reaser, So., San Diego State (22.75 points) Men: Kurt Felix, Sr., Boise State (23.50 points)
Outstanding Performances: Women: Amanda Bingson, Sr., UNLV - hammer throw Men: Kurt Felix, Sr., Boise State - men's decathlon
2012 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships Notes:
San Diego State's Whitney Ashley captured her second individual title of the meet, winning the women's shot put for the second-straight year with a mark of 54'-0" (16.46m). Ashley's mark is the second-highest in MW championship history and fourth-highest all-time in the Conference. Ashley becomes the fourth student-athlete to win back-to-back shot put titles. TCU freshman Megan Smith took second place in the event with a personal-best mark of 51'-3" (15.62m), while Colorado State freshman Kiah Hicks placed third with a personal-best throw of 50'-2.50" (15.30m).
Senior Kurt Felix of Boise State claimed his second individual 2012 MW championship, doing so in the men's javelin with a throw of 207'-3" (63.18m). Felix is the first men's student-athlete at the MW Championships to win both the decathlon and the javelin. Wyoming's Henry Ferreira was the runner-up with a mark of 203'-6" (62.04m), while Tim Urista of Air Force placed third with a throw of 199'-9" (60.89m).
TCU won the women's 4x100 relay with a mark of 44.81, a time which ranks as the fifth-fastest in MW championship history and the fastest in the league this season. The Horned Frogs claimed their first 4x100 title since 2009, after winning the event in each of their first four seasons in the Mountain West.
TCU won the men's 4x100 relay for the seventh-straight year, winning the event every year since joining the Mountain West. With a mark of 39.69, the relay tied for the fourth-fastest time in MW championship history, matching the Horned Frogs' 2010 MW championship relay time.
In the women's 1,500-meter race, the Cadet Stadium record was shattered, with the top six finishers all surpassing the previous best mark of 4:46.15, set by BYU's Michaela Mannova in 2002. Air Force led the way with two of the top three finishers, including junior Morgan Mosby, the first-time champion who crossed the line in a time of 4:33.93. Previously, the Falcons' best finish in the 1,500 was fourth in 2002 and 2005. Colorado State sophomore Holly Keeper took second place with a time of 4:37.48, while Air Force sophomore Melissa Fuerst clocked a time of 4:37.77 to place third. Also finishing ahead of the previous stadium record were Boise State's Rici Morill (4:38.39), Colorado State's Whitney Henderson (4:39.69) and TCU's Patricia Terry (4:41.31).
New Mexico sophomore Sam Evans (3:56.25) edged out Colorado State sophomore Alex Balsinger (3:56.65) by fourth-tenths of a second to earn New Mexico's third-ever MW league title in the men's 1,500-meters. It marked the second time in MW championship history that the top two finishers were sophomores, as the only other time that happened was in 2003.
In the women's 100-meter hurdles, junior Larissa Matthews of TCU captured her second individual title in three years, clocking a time of 13.67. New Mexico's Precious Selmon, the 2011 champion, placed second with a mark of 13.89, while UNLV's Erin Morris placed third with a time of 14.00.
Colorado State sophomore Trevor Brown set an MW meet record, winning the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 13.80, which also tied for the second-fastest time in Conference history. Brown ran the fastest time in MW history last spring (13.75). This is Brown's first title, as he finished second in 2011, as well as the Rams' first title in the men's 110-meter hurdles. Boise State's Justin Malnes was the runner-up with a time of 14.13, while Kelby Dias of Colorado State clocked a time of 14.16 to place third.
TCU junior Cameron Parker repeated as the MW champion in the triple jump with a mark of 52'-4.50" (15.96m). His jump was the second-best mark in the MW this season and a personal best in 2012 by 3'-1.25". He is the fourth student-athlete in Mountain West history to repeat as champion in the men's triple jump and the second TCU athlete to accomplish the feat. Floyd Ross of New Mexico placed second with a mark of 51'-7.75" (15.74m), while Wyoming's Jeremiah Jones finished third with a mark of 51'-3.5" (15.63m).
After finishing as the runner-up in 2011, TCU junior Quinterra Charles captured her first outdoor title in the women's 400-meter dash, clocking a time of 53.54. The mark was the fastest in the conference this season. UNLV's Brett Zorich crossed the finish line in second place with a mark of 54.00, while Shirley Potts of New Mexico placed third with a time of 54.28.
Boise State senior Manoah Wesson crossed the finish line in the men's 400-meter run with a time of 47.56 seconds, winning by just .05 seconds over Air Force senior Manny Smith (47.61). Wesson's time was the fastest in the Conference this season and a personal best in 2012. It was the smallest margin of victory in MW conference championship meet history since 2003 when BYU's Matt Nielsen edged out teammate David Chesser by .09 seconds.
TCU freshman Lorraine Ugen earned her first outdoor MW title in the women's 100-meter dash, recording a time of 11.35. Her performance, the top in the Mountain West this season, is the third-best in Mountain West championship history, as the Horned Frogs own the top four marks. Teammate Chaniqua Corinealdi took second place in the event with a time of 11.43, while UNLV's Emily Blok clocked a time of 11.59 to place third.
TCU junior Charles Silmon won his third consecutive MW championship in the men's 100-meter dash with a time of 10.25, which tied for the second-fastest time in MW championship history. His time was also the second fastest in the MW during the 2012 outdoor season. TCU won the men's 100-meters for the seventh straight year and has done so every season since joining the Mountain West. Silmon is the first-ever three-time champion in the men's 100-meters. New Mexico freshman Beejay Lee was the runner-up with a time of 10.49, while TCU's Mark Barnes placed third with a mark of 10.52.
In the women's high jump, the top three finishers each recorded a mark of 5'-7.25" (1.71m), with Colorado State sophomore Amy Medina capturing the individual title. Medina's win was the third-ever in the event for the Rams and their first since 2006. Second place went to New Mexico's Marin Schweigert, while CSU's Alison Forrester took third place.
Junior Kelsey Williamson gave UNLV its first-ever title in the women's 800-meter run, finishing first with a time of 2:08.11. TCU's Briyanni Thomas took second place with a mark of 2:08.57, while Candace Wollert of Wyoming placed third with a time of 2:10.09.
In the men's 800-meters, Air Force sophomore Alex Lindsay (1:52.12) beat out teammate Nick White (1:52.49) by .37 to take the title. Lindsay is AFA's third champion and the first since Kevin Hawkins won back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. It also marks just the second time in which Air Force had two finishers in the top five, which last happened in 2006.
UNLV senior Christine Lowe won the women's 400-meter hurdles in a time of 58.29 to give the Lady Rebels their first championship in the event since 2002. Lowe's mark is the best in the Conference in 2012. Wyoming's Erin Kirby, the 2011 MW champion, took second place with a mark of 59.87, while San Diego State's Allison Reaser placed third with a time of 1:00.24.
In the men's 400-meter hurdles, Colorado State sophomore Trevor Brown became just the second athlete to claim the conference championship in both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles in the same year. In 2008, Jordan Pitts of TCU accomplished this feat. Brown's time of 51.08 was the fastest in the Mountain West and currently ranks in the top 25 on the Division I performance list this season. Air Force's Bryce Bergman was the runner-up with a time of 51.61, while Lavon Collins of TCU placed third (52.66).
TCU junior Chaniqua Corinealdi claimed her first outdoor title in the women's 200-meter dash, after placing third in the last two seasons, finishing with a mark of 24.01. The Horned Frogs have dominated the event, winning the title in six of seven seasons since joining the Mountain West. The second- and third-place finishers came from UNLV, with Emily Blok registering a time of 24.21, followed by Secoral Yanez in a time of 24.43.
In the men's 200-meter dash, New Mexico freshman Beejay Lee ran 21.04 to snap TCU's streak of six straight champions in the event. New Mexico's first champion in the 200-meters, Lee is also just the second freshman in MW history to win the 200-meters and first since Air Force's Travis Picou won the title in 2005. TCU claimed the second, third and fourth-place spots as the Horned Frogs had at least a runner-up finish in the event for a seventh-straight season.
Air Force junior Cale Simmons set an MW championship record in the men's pole vault, clearing a height of 18'-1.75" (5.53m) to take home the individual title. Simmons' mark, which was also the second-highest cleared in MW history, currently ranks as the third-best on the Division I performance list. Simmons is AFA's first conference champion in the men's pole vault since 2007 and third champion all-time in the event. The Falcons also placed five of the top seven finishers in the event.
Air Force's Paige Blackburn earned her first MW title in the women's javelin, recording a personal-best mark of 170'-5" (51.95m) to outdistance the second-place finisher by more than 12'. Blackburn, whose mark ranks first in the Mountain West and seventh in the nation this season, becomes the second Air Force thrower to win the event in the past three years. Blacksburn's throw also ranks as the fourth-longest in MW championship history. UNLV sophomore Myshauna Alexander placed second with a throw of 158'2" (48.22m), while Air Force freshman Nikki Freeman registered a mark of 143'-7" (43.76m) to take third place.
In the women's 5,000-meter run, Boise State sophomore Emma Bates set a Cadet Stadium record with a time of 17:08.36 to take first place. New Mexico's Sarah Waldron was the runner-up in the event for the second-straight year, crossing the finish line in a time of 17:16.93, while Nicole Peters of Colorado State placed third with a time of 17:24.32.
In the men's 5,000-meter run, Air Force senior Jim Walmsley became the first athlete to win both the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meters at the MW championships. Walmsley finished in a time of 14:52.15 as Air Force repeated as the champion in this event. He is the fourth 5,000-meter champion for Air Force at the conference meet. Walmsley finished more than seven seconds ahead of runner-up senior Greg Miller from Wyoming (14:49.68), making it the fourth-largest margin of victory at the MW championships in the men's 5,000-meters.
In the women's triple jump, San Diego State sophomore Shanieka Thomas, the 2011 runner-up, captured her first MW title with a mark of 43'-11.25" (13.39m). Her performance ranks as the second-best in MW championship history and fifth all-time in the conference. Air Force sophomore Kassie Gurnell took second with a mark of 41'-7.25" (12.68m), while Boise State's Debra Johnson turned in a jump of 41'-0.50" (12.51m) to place third.
In the men's shot put, TCU junior Sean Tabor improved on his fourth-place finishes from both 2011 and 2010, winning the event with a throw of 58'-4.50" (17.79m) as he claimed the first shot put title at the MW championships for TCU. His mark was the second-best in the MW this season and he is the only MW athlete in the men's shot put to record a mark of over 58 feet this season.
UNLV won the women's 4x400 relay with a time of 3:38.04, capturing its first MW title in the event since 2002 and its third all-time. The Lady Rebels' mark in the event is the second-fastest in the conference this season.
Air Force closed out the meet by taking home the title in the men's 4x400 relay with a time of 3:09.96, marking the first time AFA had claimed a conference title in the event. Its previous best finish was as the runner-up in 2002 and 2000. It is also the fastest time the Falcons have run in the 4x400 relay at the Mountain West Championships and the fastest time in the Conference this season.
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