The 75 honorees is the third most since the Falcons joined the MW in 1999-2000
Track and Field Newcomer of the Year | 2016
NCAA Participant | Cross Country
All-Mountain West Selection | Cross Country
All-Region Selection | Cross Country
10,000m: 36:58.06 | 5000m: 17:08.82 | 1500m: 4:41.83
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2015-16: Earned the program’s Newcomer of the Year award...set two Freshman Class Records during the outdoor season...impacted the program’s all-time standings in three events...clocked the seventh-fastest 10,000-meter time in Academy history (36:58.06) to finish sixth at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships...that time deleted nearly a minute off of the Freshman Class Record that had stood for 37 years...debuted in the Academy record book after recording the program’s ninth-fastest 5000-meter time (17:08.82) at the Mt. SAC Relays...that time improved the previous Freshman Class Record by more than 10 seconds...ran the third-leg of the 4x1600-meter relay that clocked an Academy-record time of 19:53.61 at the Drake Relays...competed in the 1500-meter run twice, posting a personal-best time of 4:41.83 at the Michael Johnson Classic...competed in just one indoor meet...academic all-conference selection.
MAJOR CROSS COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS: Helped Air Force to program-best finishes at the Mountain West Championship (second) and NCAA Mountain Regional (third) in 2016...also helped the Falcons to the Academy’s first appearance at the NCAA Division I Championships and the first USTFCCCA ranking in school history...earned all-conference and all-region honors as a sophomore...finished sixth at the conference meet and fourth at the regional that year...was the Falcons’ top finisher at the 2016 NCAA Championships (48th of 250).
HIGH SCHOOL: Edmond North High School...2014 Footlocker South Senior Girl’s champion...two-time All-Edmond Cross Country Runner of the Year (2012, 2013)...selected as a Cross Country Senior All-Star in 2014...set school records in the 3200- and 5000-meter events...three-time academic all-state champion in cross country (2011, 2013, 2014)...state medalist at 3200 meters as s senior...member of the 3200-meter relay that finish second at the state meet in 2015...also lettered in tennis...member of three state championship teams (2012, 2014, 2015)...two-time No. 2 singles champion at the state meet (2012, 2014)...third-place medalist in the No. 1 singles spot at the 2015 state tournament...three-time All-Edmond Tennis Player of the Year (2012, 2014, 2015)...named AP Scholar, with Distinction...National Merit Scholar...class valedictorian.
PERSONAL: Full name is Jaci Brackelle Smith...daughter of Don and Terri Smith...father ran track at Oklahoma Christian University...has one older sister...majoring in astronautical engineering...named to the Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s List...hobbies include painting and water skiing...received Jump Wings over the summer...has read all of the Harry Potter books seven times...member of Cadet Squadron 29.