Zach Perkins
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    Zach Perkins

    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Alameda, Calif.

    High School:
    Alameda

    Height:
    6-3

    Event:
    1500m, 5000m

    03/01/2014

    Falcons Claim Three Conference Titles on Final Day

    Annette Eichenberger became the women's first individual track champion at an indoor meet.

    06/10/2013

    Air Force Pair Recognized with All-America Status

    Zach Perkins earned first-team distinction, while Joey Uhle claimed second-team honors.

    06/08/2013

    Zach Perkins Takes Second at NCAA Championships

    The sophomore became the program's first-ever All-American in the 1500-meter run.

    06/06/2013

    Zach Perkins Clocks Academy Record to Advance at NCAAs

    The sophomore deleted nearly one second from the program record, which had stood since 2011.

    05/16/2013

    Program-Best 23 Falcons Qualify to NCAA Outdoor Championships

    Air Force qualified mulitple athletes in seven events.

    03/13/2014

    MW Indoor Championships

    05/24/2013

    MW Outdoor Championships

    04/24/2013

    Air Force Triangular

    05/15/2012

    Front Range Classic

    Photos from the Front Range Classic on May 4.

    04/16/2012

    Air Force Relays

    Photos from the Air Force Relays on April 7.

    SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2012-13: NCAA runner-up in the 1500-meter run...All-American...set Academy record at that distance (3:41.46) during the national semifinal...two-time Mountain West champion (indoor mile, outdoor 1500-meter run)...two-time all-conference honoree...received the program's Most Outstanding Competitive Athlete Award...entered the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships ranked 20th among the 24 semifinalists...finished second with a time of 3:50.39...became the Academy's first-ever All-American in that event...placed third in quarterfinal of the 1500-meter run (3:45.05) at the West Preliminary to earn an automatic berth into the national meet...clocked a time of 3:44.38 to become the Academy's first Mountain West champion in that event...set a new MW Championship-Meet record with that time...it is also the third-best time in Air Force history and a new Sophomore Class Record...also competed in the 1500-meter run at the Bryan Clay Invitational (seventh, 3:45.54) and at the Stanford Invitational (sixth, 3:46.09)...participated in the 800-meter run on three occasions during the outdoor season...clocked the 10th-fastest time in Academy history (1:50.63) during the qualifying heat of the MW Championships...ran on the 4x800-meter relay team that clocked the second-fastest time in Academy history (7:35.07) at the Drake Relays...also competed on the distance medley relay that finished second (9:47.19) at that meet...won the mile at the MW Indoor Championships with a time of 4:08.23...bettered the field by two seconds at the conference meet...also won the mile at Nebraska's adidas Classic with a time of 4:09.54...clocked an altitude-adjusted mile time of 4:05.12 at the New Mexico Classic...that time is ranked seventh on the Academy's all-time list...it is also a new Sophomore Class Record...ran on the distance medley relay team that clocked the second-fastest time in Academy history (9:34.51) at the Alex Wilson Invitational...received "Standout" distinction from the team during six meets.

    FRESHMAN YEAR | 2011-12: All-conference selection in the 1500-meter run...placed third at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships in that even with a time of 3:48.53 (adjusted for altitude)...set the program's Freshman Class Record in that distance (3:48.09a) during winning performance at the Front Range Classic...that time was ranked second on the team...competed in the 800-meter run once, clocking a time of 1:57.21 at the Beach Invitational...ran on the 4x1600-meter relay that finished fifth at the Drake Relays (16:52.98)...also ran on the outdoor distance medley relay team that finished second at the Air Force Relays (10:31.02)...competed in the 800-meter run and mile once during the indoor season...clocked an 800-meter time of 1:58.53a at the Air Force Team Challenge...recorded a mile mark of 4:18.33a at the New Mexico Classic...earned top-10 finishes in both...ran the leadoff leg of the two-mile relay that won the Air Force Blue-Silver Open (8:09.65)...also ran the first leg of the distance medley relay that took fourth at the New Mexico Classic (9:54.82a).

    HIGH SCHOOL: Alameda High School...earned the MVP award for the track team...also named Most Improved for cross country...member of the soccer team...served as team captain.

    PERSONAL: Full first name is Zachary, but goes by Zach...nickname is "Snakebite"...son of Randy and Alyssa Perkins...father served in the Army and Coast Guard...has a twin brother, Charlie, who is a senior at the Air Force Academy and a distance runner on the track and field team...also has one older brother, Randy, who is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy...majoring in management..."once retiring from the Air Force as a fighter pilot/doctor, I have plans to own a Build-A-Bear workshop and create a chocolate factory named after my brother"...named to the Athletic Director's List...served as the Honor NCO in the Fall of 2013...attended the Academy's Prep School...spent part of the summer at Kirkland AFB, N.M., for Operation Air Force...also completed Physics 215 ("and in the process, learned about black magic and wizardry")...hobbies include "the art of the spoken word, turtle herding, Chinese line dancing, astrophysics, biochemistry and anything that has to do with having a 'Big Brain'"... supporter of the Florida Gator women's collegiate 1500-meter runners...member of Cadet Squadron 06.

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