Jan. 19, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Air Force men's track and field team swept the Mountain West weekly awards on Tuesday, Jan. 19, as sophomore Jamiel Trimble (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named the Indoor Track Athlete of the Week and classmate John Reynolds (Denver, Colo.) was named the Indoor Field Athlete of the Week. These awards, which covered competitions from Jan. 4-16, marked the first MW honor for Reynolds and the second for Trimble, who earned outdoor honors as a freshman.
Highlighted by the fifth-fastest 60-meter hurdles time in Academy history, Trimble has had a stellar two weeks of competition. Most recently, the sophomore clocked the fifth-fastest 60-meter hurdles time in Academy history (7.90) to finish second by just 0.004 seconds at the Holiday Inn Invitational on Jan. 16. Trimble, who is ranked first in the conference and 13th in the nation with that time, became the first Falcon to break the eight seconds in the hurdles since 2004. In addition to the 7.90 that matched the Sophomore Class Record that had stood since 1986, Trimble also recorded a time of 8.02 in qualifying and led off the 4x400-meter relay that finished fourth (3:15.59).
Trimble first entered the Academy's all-time standings in the hurdles during the Air Force Collegiate Open on Jan. 8, when he clocked a (then) career-best time of 8.01 to win the event and debut in ninth on the program's top-10 standings. During that meet, he also clocked a 200-meter dash time of 21.32 to easily win that race by 0.40 seconds. With that time, which was ranked 13th in the NCAA following that week's competition, Trimble holds the conference lead in that event as well.
Reynolds became just the fourth athlete in Academy history to break the 50-foot barrier in the triple jump after recording the third-best distance in program history (50'5¼") to win the Air Force Collegiate Open on Jan. 19. As he improved his own personal distance by more than one foot during the series (49'5¾", 49'8½", 50'5¼"), Reynolds registered three of the seven-best jumps in the nation for competitions held during the week of Jan. 4-10. With his winning jump, Reynolds became the program's first 50-foot jumper since 2004 ... and just the second since 1993 ... while taking over the conference lead and recording the (then) sixth-best distance in the nation.
The pair shared the Mountain West's Jan. 19 awards with San Diego State's Micha Auzenne and Bonnie Draxler, who were named the women's track and field athletes of the week.
The Falcons return to action on Thursday, Jan. 21, when they host the 26th-annual Air Force Invitational. The three-day event, which will be held at the Cadet Field House Indoor Track, will run through Saturday, Jan. 24.