Junior Sara Neubauer broke her own program record in the shot put, as seven members of the Air Force track and field team concluded action at the Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday, March 7, in South Bend, Ind. Neubauer recorded a NCAA Provisional toss of 50’7½” to place second in the event.
Neubauer achieved her Academy standard on her first toss of the day, recording the 50’7½” throw. Her remaining three throws all came within a foot of her record-setting performance. The mark, which increased the Academy mark by five-and-a-half inches, is also a new Junior Class record.
Updating the program standard for the third straight year, Neubauer improved her national standing in that event. Since Neubauer’s arrival in the throwing ring, the Academy record has increased over five feet.
With a career-best time of 4:06.03, senior Daniel Castle placed 16th in the mile run. With that finish, Castle moved from 10th to fifth on the program’s all-time list. Classmate Sebastian Ortiz also participated in the mile, finishing 24th with a time of 4:09.89.
Senior Kellen Curry participated in a pair of events. Clocking a time of 8.18, Curry finished second in the 60-meter hurdles, while placing fourth in the 200-meter run with a time of 21.74. Fellow senior Sean Houseworth clocked a time of 8:07.29 to finish 10th in the 300-meter run.
Junior Ally Romanko competed in the 800-meter run, placing 18th with a time of 2:12.14.
Neubauer also competed on Friday night at the Loftus Sports Center, as did senior Matt Williams. Neubauer placed seventh in the weight throw, tossing a distance of 54’0”. Williams ran in the 5000-meter run, placing 12th with a time of 14:48.01.
The Alex Wilson Invitational is one of a handful of meets held around the country this weekend, as athletes attempt to improve their chances of earning a berth to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The NCAA will announce its field of competitors for the national meet on Monday evening (March 9). The championships will be held March 13-14 in College Station, Texas.