With first-team distinction, Smith will be placed on the national ballot.
It is the first award for Everson and the third for Smith.
It is the second conference award of the season for both Falcons.
Smith is the seventh Falcon to earn MW Athlete of the Week honors this season.
Kobi Rex became the first Falcon in program history to earn USTFCCCA academic honors all four years.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2014-15: Successfully defended Mountain West title in the outdoor high jump...two-time all-conference selection...NCAA participant...became just the second jumper in Academy history to clear the seven-foot mark during both the indoor and outdoor seasons...registered a career-best clearance of 7’1½” at the Air Force Invitational to tie for second on the Academy’s all-time list...that mark is a new Sophomore Class Record, breaking the previous mark that had stood for 20 years...that is the third-best clearance in Mountain West history...also cleared seven feet during a runner-up performance at the MW Indoor Championships (7’0¼”)...that mark is tied for the fifth-best clearance ever at the conference’s indoor championship meet...picked up first-place finishes at the Air Force Invitational and Air Force Team Challenge (6’8¾”)...concluded the indoor season ranked 22nd in the nation...cleared an outdoor-best bar of 7’0¼” to win the conference’s outdoor title for the second straight year...that is the second-best clearance in Air Force history...that height is also the fifth-best mark in the history of the MW Outdoor Championships...also finished first at the Jerry Quiller Classic (6’11”)...placed within the top five during six of eight outdoor meets...tied for 15th at the NCAA Championships (West Preliminary) with a height of 6’11¾”...academic all-conference selection...named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2013-14: Mountain West champion in the outdoor high jump...tied for the sixth-best indoor clearance in Academy history...all-conference selection...became the program’s second conference champion in the outdoor high jump after clearing 6'8¾" to win the MW Championships...also collected first-place finishes at the Air Force Relays and Air Force Twilight Open...posted an outdoor-best height of 6'9" at the Jack Christiansen Invitational...debuted on the Academy’s all-time list during the indoor season with a clearance of 6'9¾" at the Air Force All-Comers Meet...improved that height to 6'10¾" one week later during a runner-up performance at the Holiday Inn Invitational...that mark is tied for sixth on the program’s all-time list...earned the team’s Newcomer of the Week award twice during the indoor season...academic all-conference selection.
HIGH SCHOOL: Buchanan High School...earned two top-four finishes in the high jump at the CIF California State Championships (third as a senior, fourth as a junior)...cleared 6'10¼" as a senior...named Athlete of the Year...also played water polo...served as team captain...member of the team that won the Valley championship...winner of the Best Friends Award in the high school yearbook.
PERSONAL: Full name is Taylor Braxton Smith...nickname is "Daddy Longlegs"...son of Rich and Tracy Smith...has one older sister, Brianna...also has one older brother, Travis, a 2013 graduate of the Air Force Academy and all-conference high jumper for the Falcons’ track and field team...earning a double-major in economics and management...future plans include "flying, fighting and winning"...served as Honor NCO...named to the Dean’s List...hobbies include skydiving and rock climbing..."I am neither a dog or cat person; fish is where it’s at"...completed Operation Air Force at McConnell AFB, Kan., over the summer...also worked as an Element Leader during the first session of Basic Cadet Training and took Behavioral Science 310...member of Cadet Squadron 06.