The 41 student-athletes are the most ever in Mountain West sponsored sports only
The 75 honorees is the third most since the Falcons joined the MW in 1999-2000
Heptathlon: 4,910 | Decathlon: 6617 | Long Jump: 21'9"
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2015-16: Impacted the Academy record book in both the heptathlon and decathlon...registered the ninth-best heptathlon total in program history (4,910 points) during a seventh-place performance at the Mountain West Indoor Championships...finished second in the heptathlon high jump with a career-best 6'4" at that meet...also registered personal-best marks in the 1000-meter run (2:51.16) and 60-meter hurdles (8.69) at the conference championships...tallied a (then) career-high 4,811 points to place third at the Air Force Invitational...earned top-three event finishes in the long jump (second, career-best 21'9"), 60-meter dash (third, 7.23) and 1000-meter run (third, 2:56.73) during that heptathlon performance...long jump distance was ranked third on the team in 2016...tallied career-best marks in the pole vault (13'11¼") and shot put (38'6¼") at the Rocky Mountain Classic...also competed in the 55-meter hurdles at that meet, finishing in a time of 8.10...clocked a career-best 7.19 in the 60-meter dash at the New Mexico Team Invitational...recorded the 10th-highest decathlon total in Academy history (6,617 points) at the California Invitational...finished third out of 16 competitors to mark the best Air Force decathlon finish in five years...earned top-three event finishes in the 100-meter (career-best 11.22) and 400-meter (career-best 50.58) events...also recorded personal-best marks in the 1500-meter run (4:43.67), high jump (6'3½"), long jump (21'0"), shot put (37'8½"), discus throw (107'0") and javelin throw (144'3") at that meet...recorded a 15.40 in the 110-meter hurdles at the Michael Johnson Invitational...that was the third-fastest time on the team in 2016...clocked a career-best, wind-aided time of 15.19 in that event at the Colorado Invitational...also matched career-high clearance of 13'11¼" in pole vault at that meet...academic all-conference selection...MW Scholar-Athlete.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2014-15: Competed in three outdoor meets before undergoing knee surgery...posted a career-best high jump clearance of 6'0" at the Jack Christiansen Invitational...recorded a personal-best long jump mark of 21'4" at the New Mexico Quadrangular...also earned a top-three finish in the high jump (5'7¾") at that meet...did not compete during the indoor season...academic all-conference selection.
HIGH SCHOOL: Cheney High School...two-year letterwinner in track and field...finished sixth in both the 300-meter hurdles at the Washington state championship meet during first season of competitive track...earned first-team all-conference honors as a hurdler...received the team's Top Track Athlete award...earned Scholar-Athlete honors...lettered two years in football...earned first-team all-conference honors as a linebacker...also received second-team all-conference status as a running back...named Scholar-Athlete...also earned two varsity letters in basketball...member of the National Honor Society...served as ASB Vice-President...graduated #10 in class.
PERSONAL: Son of Mark and Dawn Berstler...has three older siblings (two brothers, one sister)...majoring in biochemistry...future plans include attending graduate school and pilot training...serving as Operations NCO during the 2016-17 academic year...served as the First Sergeant for Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) over the summer...also completed Operation Air Force at Buckley AFB, Colo., took an academic class (Philosophy 310) and had hernia repair surgery...hobbies include hiking, camping, cliff jumping, basketball and hanging out with family, girlfriend, friends and dog (Liko)...would like to add "I had troubles with injury last year, so my main goal of the season is to listen to my body and focus on the quality of practice, instead of quantity. I want all of the combined event athletes to finish the season injury-free and perform to their potentials. Confidence and perseverance is key to a great season"...member of Cadet Squadron 11.