Mountain West Champion | 400-Meter Dash
NCAA Participant | 400-Meter Dash
Two-Time All-Mountain West Selection
400m: 47.18 | 200m: 22.25
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2015-16: Mountain West champion...two-time all-conference selection...impacted the Academy record book in three indoor events...registered a career-best time of 47.18 to win the 400-meter title at the MW Outdoor Championships...qualified to the NCAA West Preliminary in that event...opened the outdoor season with a runner-up finish at the Aztec Invitational (48.00)...also posted a career-best 200-meter time of 22.25 at that meet...ran the sprint leg of the distance medley relay that won the Drake Relays (9:48.06)...also ran on the 4x400-meter relay that scored for the Falcons at the conference meet (fifth, 3:17.67)...moved into eighth on the Academy’s all-time standings in the 400-meter dash during the indoor season...clocked a career-best time of 47.87 during a fifth-place performance at the MW Indoor Championships...clocked a winning time of 48.92 to set a new Meet Record in that event at the Adams State Qualifier...anchored the 4x400-meter relay that posted the third-fastest time in program history (3:11.78) to finish second at the conference meet and secure Air Force’s team title...ran the 400-meter leg of the distance medley relay that accounted for the second-fastest time in Air Force history (9:32.19) at the Alex Wilson Invitational...competed in the 200-meter dash three times...tallied a season-best time of 22.27 at the Air Force Team Challenge...opened the season with a victory in the 500-meter dash (1:06.02) at the Air Force Holiday Open...academic all-conference selection...named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2014-15: Broke the Academy record at 500 meters after posting a time of 1:05.23 to win the Air Force Holiday Open...debuted in 10th on the program’s all-time standings in the indoor 400-meter run...clocked a career-best, team-leading time of 48.29 to score for the Falcons at the Mountain West Indoor Championships (seventh)...won that event at the Adams State Qualifier (49.92)...competed in the 200-meter dash during three indoor meets...posted a personal-best time of 22.14 to finish third at the Air Force Team Challenge...led the team in the 400-meter dash during the outdoor season...clocked a personal-best time of 48.67 at the Jack Christiansen Invitational...scored for Air Force at the conference championships, placing sixth in 48.73...finished second at the Air Force Twilight Open (48.92)...ran the 200-meter dash at the Aztec Invitational, clocking a time of 22.43...earned all-conference honors as a member of two relay teams...ran the second leg of the 4x400-meter relay that recorded the sixth-fastest time in Academy history (3:13.08) during a runner-up performance at the MW Indoor Championships...led off the 4x4 that finished third at the MW Outdoor Championships (3:12.38)...earned the team’s Track Athlete of the Week award twice during the indoor season...academic all-conference selection...MW Scholar-Athlete.
HIGH SCHOOL: Vanden High School...four-year varsity letterwinner...three-time Solano County Athletic Conference champion ...five-time San Joaquin Section DII/DIII champion...won the 400-meter dash at both the conference and section championship meets during junior and senior seasons...claimed both 200-meter titles as a senior...also ran on the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays that won the section titles...finished sixth in the 400-meter dash at the California CIF state finals...two-time MVP honoree...also competed in football...earned SCAC all-league first-team honors as a linebacker as a senior...also claimed first-team all-region honors at that position...named the team’s Most Valuable Defensive Back...received the Vanden High School Male Athlete of the Year award...also honored as the Daily Republic Athlete of the Year...active in the community...prepared and served meals at Travis AFB’s Fisher House, which provides comfort homes for families of soldiers who are hospitalized due to injuries or illness...also assisted in the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif., and worked on the Vanden High School Stadium Improvement Project (cleaning and painting the stadium)...nominated for Outstanding Viking during freshman and junior years...received the Academic Excellence Award for Algebra 2 and World History in 2012...also earned the City of Fairfield Science Fair’s Life Science Award that year...received honors in several AP classes, including English Language and Composition, U.S. History, Government, Literature and Integrated Science 3...member of the National Honor Society...ranked 10th in a graduating class of 408 (4.17 GPA).
PERSONAL: Full name is Tyler Shane Koss...nickname is "TK"...son of Thomas and Deborah Koss...father is a 1990 Academy graduate, who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years in the Air Force, flying the C5 Galaxy (Travis AFB) and C21 (Ramstein AFB)...has one younger brother...majoring in business management...future plans include becoming a pilot or going into the finance field...served as Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection NCO...named to the Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s List...hobbies include hanging out with friends, spending time with family, playing with his dogs and listening to music...worked as cadre for Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) and traveled to Keesler AFB, Miss., for Operation Air Force over the summer...also traveled home during leave ...member of Cadet Squadron 08.