JUNIOR YEAR | 2012-13: Competed in the discus throw during five meets...finished second in that event at the at the Western State Invitational (173'1")...also broke the 170-foot mark at the Jack Christiansen Invitational (171'8")...competed in the weight throw once during the indoor season...tossed a career-best 46'11¾" at the Air Force All-Comers Meet.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2011-12: Competed in all four throwing events during the outdoor season...won the javelin throw at the Front Range Classic (158'5") and at the Colorado Invitational (169'8")...finished second at the CSU-Pueblo Invitational with a career-best distance of 176'8"...recorded a season-best distance of 159'5" in the discus throw at the Front Range Classic...that mark was ranked fifth on the team...recorded a personal-best hammer throw distance of 152'9" at the Front Range Classic...competed in the shot put twice, recording a personal-best throw of 45'4¼" at the Fum McGraw Quadrangular...participated in both throwing event during four meets of the indoor season...recorded a career-best mark of 54'0½" in the weight throw at the Air Force Blue-Silver Open...tallied a career-best distance of 46'8¼" in the shot put at the Robert Shine Invitational.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2010-11: Competed in all four throwing events during the outdoor season...ranked fifth on the team in the discus throw...tossed a career-best 161'5" to place fifth in that event at the Front Range Classic...also recorded a personal-best 169'11" to finish fourth in the javelin throw at that meet...posted outdoor-best marks in the shot put (40'6¾") and hammer throw (133'10") at the New Mexico Tailwind Invitational...also finished third in the discus throw at New Mexico...placed within the top five in the discus throw (fourth) and javelin throw (fifth) at the CSU-Pueblo Invitational...earned the team's Field Athlete of the Week award once during the outdoor season...competed in the weight throw during three competitions...posted a career-best 50'2½" at the Robert Shine Invitational...recorded a career-best 42'1¼" in the shot put at the Air Force Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL: West Liberty-Salem High School...Ohio Division III state champion in the discus throw as a junior...three-time regional discus throw champion...three-year all-state selection...three-year all-region honoree...four-year all-district selection...also earned all-district and all-region honors in the shot put for three years...three-year varsity letterwinner in basketball...all-conference and all-district honoree...holds the school record for most blocks in a game...was the lead in three high school musicals.
PERSONAL: Full name is Nathan Andrew Bratka...goes by Nate...son of Dan and Sara Bratka...father is a retired lieutenant colonel...has two older brothers, Ben and Zac...Ben is in the military (SSgt)...majoring in political science and earning a minor in French...future plans include becoming a security forces officer...served as Cadet Security Forces Commander, Interceptors Squadron Superintendent and Basic Cadet Training Group Commander...won the heavyweight title at the 2011 Wing Open Boxing Championships...attended the Academy Prep School...hobbies include sporting clay shooting, helping out in the community and spending time with family and friends...would like to "thank God for the amazing support system he has given me the past three years at the Academy, and my family for always supporting my through the many obstacles I have faced here"...led 2,200 cadets over the summer as the BCT Cadet Group Commander...member of Cadet Squadron 33.