Dana Pounds wins national title

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - With a career-best matching toss, former Air Force standout Dana Pounds claimed a gold medal at the 2007 AT&T USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday, June 22. In addition, freshman Sara Neubauer picked up a third-place finish in the discus at the Finish Line USA Junior National Championships.

Representing the Air Force World Class Athlete Program, Pounds becomes the Falcons' second USATF champion and the first at the senior level.

Pounds threw a career-best matching toss of 195'8" on her final throw to upset the current American record-holder Kim Kreiner by nearly five feet. With the win, the native of Lexington, Ky., automatically earned a spot on Team USA. Pounds and Kreiner separated themselves from the field by nearly 16 feet, as the third-place finisher tossed a 176'5".

One day after collecting a junior national title in the shot put, Neubauer picked up a third-place finish in the discus throw. Recording a distance of 161'5", the native of Bottineau, N.D., finished just a foot behind the event champion. Despite fouling two of her three attempts in the final round, Neubauer made her final throw count, claiming the top mark of 161'5".

Former Falcon Paul Gensic tied for 14th on the pole vault, after recording a 'no-height' on the opening clearance of 17'8½".