Air Force heads to Track & Field Championships

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Track and field action continues for several members of the Air Force program this weekend (June 25-28), as nine current and former Falcons travel to the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. The four-day meet, held at Oregon’s historic Hayward Field, will run in conjunction with the junior national championship meet.

All-American seniors-to-be Sara Neubauer and Nick Frawley will represent the Academy at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the shot put and pole vault, respectively. Neubauer, who finished eighth in the shot put at the NCAA Championships on June 11, won the 2007 USA Junior title. Frawley earned a seventh-place finish in the pole vault at the national collegiate meet on June 12.

They will be joined by newly appointed second lieutenants Daniel Castle and Sean Houseworth, who graduated from the Academy at the end of May. Castle will compete in the 1500-meter run, while Houseworth will run in the 10,000-meter race. The pair, which competed at the NCAA Championships and earned matching 15th-place finishes, are the Academy record holders in their respective events.

In addition, former Air Force standouts Capt Paul Gensic and 1Lt Dana (Pounds) Lyon will be competing in the pole vault and javelin throw, respectively. Lyon is the defending javelin champion in the senior meet, after defeating the American record holder for the title in 2007.

Three Falcons will also be competing in the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet. Sophomore-to-be Paige Blackburn will participate in both the shot put and javelin throw, while classmates Robert Drye (hammer throw) and James Walmsley (5000-meter run) will also participate at the junior national meet. Drye and Blackburn (javelin) were all-conference honorees, while Walmsley had a strong 10k showing at his first conference meet.

A spot on the Team USA roster is on the line for all athletes. The top finishers of the senior meet will represent the U.S. at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany, in August. In addition, the top two finishers in each event at the junior meet will represent the United States at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Port of Spain, Trinidad, later this summer.