The track and field team accounted for 41 of Air Force's 69 academic all-conference selections.
The MW Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the Conference
The track and field team had 16 men and five women earn GPAs of 3.50 or higher.
A total of 30 men and 13 women comprised 43 of the Academy's 65 academic all-conference selections.
Four men and four women were chosen by their teammates to lead the Falcons next season.
SENIOR YEAR | 2013-14: Team captain.
JUNIOR YEAR | 2012-13: All-conference selection in the 400-meter dash...also claimed all-MW honors as a member of all four relays...earned the team's Most Improved Award...Academy record-holder in the 500-meter dash (1:05.47)...finished second in the 400-meter dash at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships with a career-best time of 48.39...ran the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter relay that finished second at the conference championships with the fourth-fastest time in Academy history (40.57)...also ran leadoff on the 4x400-meter relay that placed third (3:15.60) at that meet...member of five winning relay teams during the outdoor season (4x100 - Jerry Quiller Classic, Air Force Triangular, Beach Invitational; 4x400 - Air Force Relays, Air Force Twilight Open)...also competed in the 100-meter dash (career-best 10.93, Air Force Twilight Open) and 200-meter dash (season-best 22.60, Beach Invitational) outdoors...ran on the 4x400-meter relay (49.23) and distance medley relay (3:16.25) teams that finished second at the MW Indoor Championships...also scored for the Falcons at the conference meet after placing sixth in the 400-meter dash (49.23)...clocked a career-best time of 49.09 in that distance at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic...won the 400-meter dash at the Air Force Invitational (49.58) and Air Force Team Challenge (49.23)...ran on the mile relay that won the Team Challenge (3:19.57)...won the 500-meter dash at the Air Force Holiday Open, setting an Academy-record of 1:05.47...ran the 200-meter dash once during the indoor season, clocking a career-best time of 22.56 at the Air Force Invitational...earned "Standout" distinction from the team on three occasions...academic all-conference selection...MW Scholar-Athlete.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2011-12: Competed in the 400-meter dash during five indoor competitions...clocked a career-best time of 49.65 at the New Mexico Classic...that time was ranked fourth on the team...won that event at the Robert Shine Invitational (51.27)...also ran on the winning 4x400-meter relay (3:28.89) at that meet...competed in the 200-meter dash (22.66, Air Force Team Challenge), 300-meter dash (36.29, Air Force Blue-Silver Open) and 500-meter dash (1:08.35, Air Force Blue-Silver Open) once...ran the 400-meter dash in five outdoor meets...clocked a personal-best time of 49.03 during third-place finish at the Front Range Classic...that time was ranked fourth on the team...participated in the 200-meter dash three times...posted a personal-best 22.23 at the Colorado Invitational...academic all-conference selection...MW Scholar-Athlete.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2010-11: Won the 200-meter dash at the Robert Shine Invitational (22.62)...also ran a leg of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished second at that meet...was a member of the 4x440-yard relay team that won the Don Barrett Duals in 3:18.25...competed in the 400-meter dash during five indoor meets...clocked a personal-best time of 50.04 during the Air Force Invitational...earned the team's Newcomer of the Week award once during the indoor season...ran a leg of the outdoor 4x400-meter relay team that won the CSU-Pueblo Invitational (3:19.45)...also ran in the winning 4x400 relay at the Front Range Classic (3:15.57)...clocked a career-best 49.31 in the outdoor 400-meter dash at the Colorado Invitational...competed at the 200-meter dash twice...clocked a personal-best 22.69 at the CSU-Pueblo Invitational...MWC Scholar-Athlete.
HIGH SCHOOL: Hamilton High School...ran legs of the 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams that won state titles at the MHSAA Division II state championships...also placed seventh in the 400-meter dash at the state meet...helped Hamilton High School to state title as a senior... earned all-conference honors in both football and basketball...graduated with a 3.94 GPA.
PERSONAL: Full name is David Robert Ptacek...son of Robert and Cathy Ptacek...has one younger sister, Kelly...majoring in civil and environmental engineering...served as Security Officer and Honor Officer...hobbies include sports, reading and traveling...traveled to Israel as a part of the Academy's Cultural Immersion Program...also traveled to Prague with the Summer Research Program...attended the University of Michigan during the 2009-10 academic year...placed 22nd in the 400-meter dash at the 2010 Big Ten indoor Championships...member of Cadet Squadron 16.