The 41 student-athletes are the most ever in Mountain West sponsored sports only
The 75 honorees is the third most since the Falcons joined the MW in 1999-2000
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
NCAA Participant | Cross Country
5000m: 17:22.31a | 1500m: 4:41.92
JUNIOR YEAR | 2015: Competed in three indoor meets...debuted in seventh on the program’s all-time list in the 5000-meter run after clocking a career-best time of 17:22.31 (adjusted for altitude) at the Air Force Invitational...competed in the 3000-meter run twice...posted a personal-best 10:28.57a to win the Air Force Open...earned runner-up honors in that event at the Air Force Team Challenge (10:29.69a)...did not compete during the outdoor season...MW Scholar-Athlete.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2014-15: Competed in the 1500-meter run during four outdoor meets...clocked a career-best time of 4:41.92 in the preliminary round of the Mountain West Championships...registered best finish of the season (third) at the Air Force Twilight Open (4:53.76, adjusted for altitude)...academic all-conference selection.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2013-14: Missed the majority of the season with a hamstring injury...competed in one meet...won the 3000-meter run at the Air Force Twilight Open with a time of 10:43.10 (adjusted for altitude)...MW Scholar-Athlete.
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 top-15 individual finishes at the Colorado State Invitational (14th) and MW Championships (15th) that year...was the Falcons’ No. 2 runner at the 2016 NCAA Championships (75th of 250).
HIGH SCHOOL: Evergreen High School...Colorado 4A regional and league champion in 2012...four-time all-conference selection in the 5000-meter run (2009-12)...also earned all-conference honors in the 1600-meter run (three times), 3200-meter run (two times) and 800-meter run (two times)...member of five all-conference relay teams (4x800-meter relay, three times; 4x400-meter relay, two times)...also earned all-state honors on the 4x800-meter relay team in 2011 and 2012...named to the Gold Honor Roll all four years for maintaining a GPA of 4.0 or higher...four-time academic all-state honoree.
PERSONAL: Full name is Samantha Scott Skold...nickname is Sam...daughter of Doug and Chamane Skold...has a twin sister, Mackenzie (“she is my best friend, but we are complete opposites”)...also has one older sister, Ashley, who is a member of the equestrian team at Texas A&M...majoring in biology...received a Medical Slot and will attend medical school following graduation...served as Charlie 1 Element Leader and Athletics NCO as a junior...named to the Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s List all six semesters...received the Order of Merit Award in Genetics for maintaining the highest grade...hobbies include rock climbing, biking, backpacking and chilling...worked Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) over the summer...also traveled to Alaska to mountain bike and backpack...member of Cadet Squadron 01.