The 75 honorees is the third most since the Falcons joined the MW in 1999-2000
Personal-Best Marks – 1500m: 3:53.77a | 3000m Steeplechase: 9:14.23 | 5000m: 14:36.81
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2016-17: Competed in five different events...clocked a career-best 5000-meter time of 14:36.81 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival...earned runner-up honors in that event at the Jack Christiansen Invitational (14:48.51, adjusted for altitude)...clocked a debut time of 9:14.23 to finish sixth in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Beach Invitational...finished seventh in the 2000-meter version (6:25.98) at the Baldy Castillo Classic...ran the 1500-meter run once, posting a personal-best time of 3:53.77a to place fourth at the Air Force Twilight Open...clocked an indoor-best 5000-meter time of l14:42.73a to win the Air Force Collegiate Open...earned runner-up honors in that event at the Air Force Invitational (14:52.12)...ran the mile once, clocking 4:17.45a at the Air Force Team Challenge...academic all-conference selection.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2015-16: Competed in the 1500-meter run during four outdoor meets...posted a personal-best time of 3:57.55a at the Air Force Twilight Open...ran the mile twice during the indoor season...posted a personal-best time of 4:21.07a at the Air Force Team Challenge...academic all-conference selection.
MAJOR CROSS COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS: Helped Air Force to a 15th-place finish in the team standings at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
HIGH SCHOOL: Salpointe Catholic High School...cross country Arizona Division II state champion...runner-up in the 1600- and 3200-meter events at the Division II state championships...named Athlete of the Year as a junior and senior...served as president of the Senior Class...named a Salpointe Scholar, for maintaining a GPA of 4.0 or higher.
PERSONAL: Full name is Nathaniel Alexander Thomas...goes by Nathan...nickname is “Cruz”...son of Joseph and Stacey Thomas...father is a 1993 graduate of the Air Force Academy...has two younger siblings...majoring in civil engineering...named to the Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s List...Flea Trainer...hobbies include hanging out with Tweedle, trash talking on Rocket League and “making Minute Rice in 58 seconds”...completed the Field Engineering and Readiness Laboratory (FERL) over the summer, paving the sidewalk to the press box at Falcon Stadium...also worked Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) and took part in Operation Air Force at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska...received a ride in a HH-60 Pave Hawk while on Ops...spent leave period at home, bouncing between “watching Million Dollar Listings with mom and little brother, and playing Plants v. Zombies with dad and little sister”...paternal grandfather was a member of the Naval Academy’s Class of 1962 and maternal grandfather was enlisted in the Air Force...member of Cadet Squadron 20.