Jan. 24, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force distance runner Jeremy Drenckhahn was named the Mountain West Men's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the league office announced this afternoon (Tuesday, Jan. 24). The native of Plymouth, Minn., had a strong showing over the Jan. 20-21 weekend in the two longest races of the indoor season, en route to his first career conference honor for track and field.
Drenckhahn was the top collegiate finisher in the 3000-meter run at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invitational on Friday (Jan. 20), finishing second overall with a time of 8:18.18. The only collegiate runner to place within the top four, Drenckhahn bettered the 35-member collegiate field by over 23 seconds. The following day (Jan. 21), Drenckhahn easily won the 5000-meter title at the Nebraska adidas Classic, with a first-place time of 14:26.40. In a race that featured athletes from two teams ranked within the top-25, Drenckhahn won that distance by nearly 21 seconds.
With his time of 14:26.40, the junior currently leads the Mountain West in the 5000-meter run and is ranked eighth in the nation. He is also ranked second in the conference and 34th in the nation in the 3000-meter standings with his time of 8:18.18.
Drenckhahn, the first Air Force runner since 2004 to claim the men's indoor athlete of the week award, shared the conference's Jan. 24 honor with San Diego State sophomore Shanieka Thomas, who earned the Mountain West's female athlete of the week.
The Falcons return to action this weekend with the Air Force Combined Events Meet (Jan. 26-27) and the Air Force Team Challenge (Jan. 28). Both meets will be held at the Academy's Cadet Field House.