Personal-Best Marks -- 3000m: 8:01.59a | 1500m: 3:48.85 | 5000m: 13:54.68
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2016-17: Qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 5000-meter run...all-conference honoree...impacted the Academy record book in four events...registered fifth-fastest outdoor 5000-meter time in Academy history (13:54.68) to finish fifth at the Stanford Invitational...that mark is also a new Sophomore Class Record...runner-up in the 5000-meter run at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships (14:48.89, adjusted for altitude)...ran the opening leg of the 4x1600-meter relay that posted the third-fastest time in program history (16:33.25) at the Drake Relays...led the team in the 3000-meter and 5000-meter events during the indoor season...recorded a career-best 3000-meter time of 8:01.59a to finish fifth at the MW Indoor Championships...that is the fourth-fastest time in program history and a new Sophomore Class Record...clocked the Academy's third-fastest 5000-meter time (13:56.93) at the Husky Classic...earned the team's Track Athlete of the Week award following that meet...won the mile at the Air Force Invitational (4:06.80a)...anchored the distance medley relay that scored for the Falcons at the conference championships (9:59.04a).
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2015-16: Shared the team's Newcomer of the Year award...set Freshman Class Records in the 3000- and 5000-meter events...all-conference honoree...broke the program's 24-year-old Class Record in the 3000-meter run after clocking a time of 8:18.47 at the Husky Classic...improved the Class Record at 5000 meters twice during the outdoor season...first broke the freshman standard during a fifth-place performance (14:15.24) at the Stanford Invitational...lowered that time to 14:07.05 at the Drake Relays (sixth)...scored for the Falcons in that event at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships (fifth, 14:15.36)...competed in the 1500-meter run once, posting a time of 3:48.85 to win the Michael Johnson Classic...earned all-conference honors as a member of the distance medley relay that placed third at the MW Indoor Championships...ran the mile once during the indoor season, finishing second (4:09.67, adjusted for altitude) at the Air Force Team Challenge.
MAJOR CROSS COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS: Two-time all-conference selection...earned all-region honors in 2017.
HIGH SCHOOL: El Diamante High School...four-year varsity letterwinner in track and cross country...named Visalia Times Delta Runner of the Year three times...three-time West Yosemite League champion in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter events...two-time Central Area champion in those distances...2015 CIF state qualifier in track...three-time CIF state qualifier in cross country...finished sixth at the 2014 championships in a time of 15:18...member of the Amateur Ultimate Frisbee Club all-city team...received the Visalia Unified School District's Overall Achievement Award...lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation.
PERSONAL: Son of Michael and Teresa McDaniels...nickname is “Chapo”...mother ran cross country at CSU Stanislaus...has three siblings (one older, two younger)...majoring in management...future plans include building rockets and “saving the world from terrorists”...served as Element NCO and IT NCO...hobbies include not running, playing “real” sports, running, video games, hanging out with “The Boys”, running, surfing and running...enjoys debating current world topics, as well as finance and investments, with the AFXC Big Brain Club (VP Wojo, CFO Zac Petrie and Secretary Tweedle) at Big Brain Conventions during coffee shop CQ periods...likes to seek help from teammates, including nutritional advice from Tweedle and Poptart...enjoys watching Andy build a coffee shop in his room, while making his homebrewed, cold brew coffee...also likes quoting classic movies such as Forrest Gump, Gone with the Wind, Step Brothers, The Hangover triology and The Longest Yard with Zac Petrie, participating in AFXC RAMPS and listening to Fetty and Don tease easily-targeted teammates like Wojo, Tweedle and Jimmy...learning how to play the ukulele in hopes of getting more girls to notice him...has been “kind enough to allow Zac Petrie to live with us at Tom and Lori’s home in Arvada”...favorite quotes from the off-season include “well...Imma have to ask WHY!?” (Jimmy/Fetty), “I mean, I’m not, not down” (Big Evan), “you lil’Pan” (Luis) and “die up” (anonymous)...served as cadre during Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) over the summer, working with SERE specialists and teaching students valuable survival skills...also participated in Operation Air Force at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and took leave...grandfather, Steve Bilvado, served in the Air Force...member of Cadet Squadron 33.