Five Falcons earned multiple all-MW honors.
The sophomore tallied the seventh-best heptathlon total in Academy history.
Paige Blackburn, Katie Carroll and Kimber Shealy claimed their fourth straight academic all-MW honors.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2012-13: Finished second in the heptathlon at the Mountain West Indoor Championships...all-conference honoree...scored a career-best 5,148 points at that meet to move into fifth on the program's all-time list...that score is also a new Sophomore Class Record...finished first in the 1000-meter run (career-best 2:43.90) during that meet...also recorded personal-best indoor marks in the 60-meter dash (7.33), pole vault (13'5¼") and long jump (22'1½") at the conference championships...ranked third on the team in the high jump, after tallying a season-best clearance of 6'5" at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic...recorded a personal-best time of 8.52 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Air Force Holiday Open...that mark was ranked third on the team...finished fourth in the heptathlon at the Air Force Indoor Combined Events Meet, recording 4,965 points...recorded a career-best distance of 38'4" in the shot put at that meet...was the first-place finisher in the long jump (22'0¾") at that meet...scored for the Falcons in the decathlon at the MW Outdoor Championships (fourth), despite suffering an injury on the ninth event...finished first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.51...recorded career-best marks in the pole vault (12'9½"), long jump (21'7¼"), shot put (35'3¼") and discus throw (116'1") at that meet...added a season-best clearance of 6'5" in the high jump at the conference championships...ranked second on the team in the 110-meter hurdles, after clocking a season-best time of 15.19 at the Air Force Twilight Open...also posted a career-best distance of 129'11" in the javelin throw at that meet...recorded a season-best, wind-aided time of 11.20 at the Jack Christiansen Invitational...finished fifth in the 400-meter dash at the Jerry Quiller Classic with a season-best time of 49.87...also competed in the 800-meter run (2:04.39, Jack Christiansen Invitational) and 400-meter hurdles (55.19, Arizona State Invitational) once during the outdoor season.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2011-12: Recorded the ninth-best heptathlon total in Academy history...tallied career-best 4,644 points at the Air Force Indoor Combined Events Meet... posted career-best marks in the 60-meter dash (7.43), 1000-meter run (2:57.34), pole vault (10'11¾") and shot put (36'9¾") at that meet...recorded a personal-best clearance of 6'6" in the high jump to finish third at the Robert Shine Invitational...finished fourth in the long jump at that meet with a career-best 21'2¼"...clocked a career-best time of 8.64 in the 60-meter hurdles twice (Air Force Blue-Silver Open, Air Force All-Comers Meet)...competed in the high jump at the Mountain West Indoor Championships...scored for the Falcons in the decathlon and high jump during the MW Outdoor Championships...tallied a career-best 6,408 points to place seventh in the decathlon at the conference meet...posted a career-best clearance of 6'7½" in the high jump during decathlon competition at that meet...that height was ranked fourth on the team...also tallied personal-best marks in the 400-meter dash (49.64), 1500-meter run (4:32.35, adjusted for altitude), pole vault (12'3½"), discus throw (91'5") and javelin throw (115'5") at the conference meet...finished second in the 1500-meter event at the MW Championships...claimed career-best marks in the 100-meter dash (11.30), long jump (21'2") and shot put (34'3½") at the Air Force Outdoor Combined Events Meet...finished second in the decathlon at that meet with 6,233 points...was the top scorer in the 400-meter dash and 1500-meter run...posted a career-best 110-meter hurdles time of 14.98 at the Front Range Classic...cleared 6'4¾" to score for the Falcons in the high jump at the MW Outdoor Championships...academic all-conference selection.
HIGH SCHOOL: Hudsonville High School...four-time all-state honoree...claimed all-state honors in the high jump in 2010...earned the same honor in the 300-meter hurdles as a senior...also ran legs of the 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams that claimed all-state honors...three-time all-area selection...three-time all-conference honoree...holds the school record in the 300-meter hurdles (38.4)...also a member of the 4x400-meter and 4x200-meter relay teams that holds the HHS record...served as secretary of the National Honor Society...member of the Student Council...graduated with a 3.93 GPA.
PERSONAL: Son of Curt and Diane McDowell...has two younger sisters, Veronica and Rachel...majoring in aeronautical engineering...future career plans include working as a developmental engineer...served as C-Flight NCO...hobbies include spending time with friends and enjoying the outdoors...has participated in musicals...traveled to Altus AFB, Okla., for Operation Air Force...also worked the second session of Basic Cadet Training...would like to add that "I can't wait to break Michael Tibbs' records"...member of Cadet Squadron 01.