Soaring at Air Force

By Matt Rigby published February 13, 2010

The men's relays stole the show for UCCS track and field in the Cadet Fieldhouse at the Air Force Academy. Both the men's distance medley and 4x400 relay won their respective heats. Those relays were apart of a very productive event.
"I was very pleased with how the team competed", said coach Mark Misch "it was a great meet and we had solid races."

On Friday the men won beating distance medley relay beating the 'A' distance medley both teams from Air Force and Wyoming. UCCS was somewhat disappointed with the winning time with it only being 10 minutes 35 seconds. The relay team of Alex Vazquez, Jason Shaver Jon Christian and Chris Reynolds were shooting for an NCAA qualifier.

"It is cool we get a little trophy or something" said Shaver, "though, we did not get the push we wanted from the field."

"They won the thing, which is good" said assistant coach David Harmer, "but we did not get the competition that we thought"

Then on Saturday, the same relay team of Vazquez, Shaver, Christian and Reynolds beat their school record 4x4 relay they set last week in Albuquerque. On this Saturday the 4x4 ran an altitude-adjusted 3:22.20, which sets a new school record.

Lauren Graham cleared 3.65 meter in the women's pole vault. Every track meet for Lauren in 2010 has vaulted 3.55 or better. Also, Graham had the opportunity to watch good example of pole vaulting. During the Air Force Invitational Kelsey Henry, competing unattached, broke the Canadian Women's National Indoor Track and Field record with a height of 4.45 meter.

"I am having fun." saidLauren Graham, "I am doing well and I like the progress I have made, despite a minor hamstring problem."

"Three point eight (meters) was almost there, it was in range for clearance." jumps coach Brandon Masters, "She got to her highest pole. She is following the plan and it is working."

Steven Gomez, cleared 2.00 meter in the men's high jump. He is looking forward to the conference indoor meet in Golden.

"It is good to be back where I was last year" Gomez, "however, I am nowhere near satisfied."

Anthony Cardinale got back into action, shaking off some injuries and rust for his first competitive jumps since December, jumping 12.52 meters. Cardinale is only in his second year of track and field. Last year he won the Colorado Class 5A State Championship in the triple jump.

"It was good to get past some injuries." said Cardinale "I am building for indoor conference and the outdoor season."

"Anthony is still very raw" said Brandon Masters, "and he is also extremely athletic."

Joel Keinitz ran a personal best in the mile with an altitude adjusted time of 4:25.

"That PR hurt today." said Keinitz, "I am on a plan and getting ready for the steeplechase during the outdoor season."

Other Mountain Lion track performances from Saturday were:
-for the Women
Ailena McDonald, 60 meter-8.54
Kelsey Barry, 400 meter-60.97
Sara Kettelkamp, 800 meter-2:27.88
Kassie Mazzocco, 800 meter-2:31.51
Kaitlin Frier, 3000 meter-11:05.97
Alicia Del Pardo, 3000 meter-11:19.46
Women's 4x400 relay-Kelsey Berry, Ashley Benfield, Tracy Falsetto, Jessica Luma-altitude adjusted time of 4:06.6

-for the Men
Dami Olidarin, 60 meter-7.02
Oliver Williams, 800 meter-2:00.15
Sam Feldotto, 3000 meter-9:08.85
Mike English, 3000 meter-9:11.97
Brien Hopkins, 60 meter hurdles-9.05
Mitch Jones, 60 meter hurdles-9.23
4x400 relay B-Chris Ullom, Alan Ford, Mitch Jones, Drew Servold-altitude adjusted time of 3:31.10

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Alex VazquezAlex VazquezMid-Distance
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Alex VazquezAlex VazquezMid-Distance
Alex VazquezAlex VazquezMid-Distance
Alex VazquezAlex VazquezMid-Distance
Christopher ReynoldsChristopher ReynoldsMid-Distance
Christopher ReynoldsChristopher ReynoldsMid-Distance
Christopher ReynoldsChristopher ReynoldsMid-Distance
Christopher ReynoldsChristopher ReynoldsMid-Distance
Christopher ReynoldsChristopher Reynolds
Christopher ReynoldsChristopher Reynolds
Christopher ReynoldsChristopher Reynolds
Christopher ReynoldsChristopher Reynolds
Tracy FalsettoTracy FalsettoMid-Distance
Tracy FalsettoTracy FalsettoMid-Distance
Tracy FalsettoTracy FalsettoMid-Distance
Tracy FalsettoTracy Falsetto
Tracy FalsettoTracy Falsetto
Tracy FalsettoTracy Falsetto
Kaitlin FrierKaitlin FrierDistance
Kaitlin FrierKaitlin FrierDistance
Kaitlin FrierKaitlin Frier
Kaitlin FrierKaitlin FrierDistance
Kaitlin FrierKaitlin FrierDistance
Kaitlin FrierKaitlin Frier
Kaitlin FrierKaitlin Frier
Kaitlin FrierKaitlin Frier
Ailena McDonaldAilena McDonaldJumps/Sprints
Ailena McDonaldAilena McDonaldJumps/Sprints
Ailena McDonaldAilena McDonaldJumps/Sprints
Ailena McDonaldAilena McDonaldJumps/Sprints
Brien HopkinsBrien HopkinsJumps/Multi'sFr
Brien HopkinsBrien HopkinsJumps/Multi'sSo
Brien HopkinsBrien HopkinsJumps/Multi'sJr
Brien HopkinsBrien HopkinsJumps/Multi'sSr
Steven GomezSteven GomezJumps
Steven GomezSteven GomezJumps
Jason ShaverJason ShaverSprints
Jason ShaverJason ShaverSprints
Jason ShaverJason ShaverSprints
Jason ShaverJason ShaverSprints
Dami OladiranDami OladiranSprints
Dami OladiranDami OladiranSprints
Sam FeldottoSam FeldottoDistanceSr.
Sam FeldottoSam FeldottoDistanceFr
Sam FeldottoSam FeldottoDistanceSo
Sam FeldottoSam FeldottoDistanceJr
Sam FeldottoSam FeldottoSr.
Sam FeldottoSam FeldottoFr
Sam FeldottoSam FeldottoSo
Sam FeldottoSam FeldottoJr
Mike EnglishMike EnglishDistanceJr
Mike EnglishMike EnglishDistanceSo
Mike EnglishMike EnglishDistanceFr
Mike EnglishMike EnglishDistanceSr.
Mike EnglishMike EnglishSr.
Mike EnglishMike EnglishFr
Mike EnglishMike EnglishSo
Mike EnglishMike EnglishJr
Kassie MazzoccoKassie MazzoccoDistance
Kassie MazzoccoKassie MazzoccoDistance
Kassie MazzoccoKassie Mazzocco
Kassie MazzoccoKassie Mazzocco
Sara Kettelkamp Sara Kettelkamp Mid-Distance Sr
Sara Kettelkamp Sara Kettelkamp Mid-Distance Fr
Sara KettelkampSara KettelkampSr.
Sara Kettelkamp Sara Kettelkamp Mid-Distance Jr
Sara Kettelkamp Sara Kettelkamp Mid-Distance So
Sara KettelkampSara KettelkampSo
Sara KettelkampSara KettelkampFr
Sara KettelkampSara KettelkampJr
Ashley Benfield Ashley Benfield Hurdles/Sprints So
Ashley Benfield Ashley Benfield Hurdles/Sprints
Ashley Benfield Ashley Benfield Hurdles/Sprints
Ashley Benfield Ashley Benfield Hurdles/Sprints
Ashley BenfieldAshley BenfieldSo.
Ashley BenfieldAshley Benfield
Ashley BenfieldAshley Benfield
Ashley BenfieldAshley Benfield
Lauren GrahamLauren GrahamJumps
Lauren GrahamLauren GrahamJumps
Lauren GrahamLauren GrahamJumps
Jon ChristianJon ChristianSprints
Jon ChristianJon ChristianSprints
Anthony CardinaleAnthony CardinaleJumps/Sprints
Anthony CardinaleAnthony CardinaleJumps/Sprints
Anthony CardinaleAnthony CardinaleJumps/Sprints
Alan Ford Alan Ford SprintsSr
Alan Ford Alan Ford SprintsFr
Alan Ford Alan Ford SprintsSo
Alan Ford Alan Ford SprintsJr
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