JUNIOR (2012): Competed in the discus throw and hammer throw during four competitions...recorded a career-best distance in the discus throw of 155'2" at the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational...placed eighth at that meet...also recorded top-10 finishes at the Front Range Classic (144'10", 10th) and Air Force Relays (144'5", 10th)...collected a personal-best hammer throw distance of 150'7" at the Colorado Invitational...participated in the weight throw once during the indoor season, recording a distance of 42'11¾" at the Air Force Blue-Silver Open.
SOPHOMORE (2011): Competed in the weight throw during three indoor competitions...recorded a career-best 47'10¼" at the Air Force Invitational...participated in the discus throw at two outdoor meets...improved career-best mark to 146'1" in that event during a seventh-place finish at the CSU-Pueblo Invitational.
FRESHMAN (2010): Participated in the discus throw and hammer throw during the outdoor season...recorded a career-best 140'5" in the discus throw at the Colorado Invitational...posted a personal-best 119'5" in the hammer throw at the Tom Benich Classic...competed in the weight throw during the indoor season...tossed a personal-best 39'9¾" at the Air Force Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL: Beckman High School...Pacific Coast League champion in the discus throw as a junior and senior...champion of the Orange County Meet as a senior...qualified for the state meet in the discus as a senior...served as captain of the throwing team as a junior and senior...two-time all-league first-team selection...first-team all-city (Tustin) and first-team all-city (Irvine) as a junior and senior...earned first-team all-CIF as a senior...served as team captain as a senior...two-time Scholar-Athlete of the Year...received the CIF Southern Section Champion for Character Award.
PERSONAL: Son of Jeff and Jackie Birdsell...nickname is "Birdy"...has two younger sisters, Caitlin and Kim...majoring in systems engineering, mechanical...future plans include becoming a pilot ...served as Assistant Director of Operations...hobbies include mountain biking, snowboarding and off-roading...completed the Powered Flight program over the summer...member of Cadet Squadron 08.