COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Head coach Ralph Lindeman and senior John Reynolds were honored by the Mountain West after leading Air Force to the men’s team title at last week’s MW Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, while the conference office announced this afternoon (Feb. 26) that a program-record 21 all-conference accolades were awarded to the Falcons.
After guiding Air Force to its third indoor title since 2012 – and its seventh overall during that same time span – Lindeman was named the Mountain West Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year. It is the seventh time that he has been selected by his peers as the top MW indoor coach (2001, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016) – and the 13th time overall, as Lindeman has also received the league’s coaching award at six outdoor championships (2001, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017).
After capturing first-place honors in the triple jump and runner-up awards in both the high jump and the long jump, Reynolds was tabbed the Outstanding Performer of the Meet – marking the fourth-straight championships meet that a member of the Air Force men’s track and field program has captured that award. The senior recorded a distance of 49’9¼” to win the Academy’s first-ever triple jump title in an event that began just minutes after he posted a career-best clearance of 7’0½” (the fifth-best mark in program history) to place second in the high jump. Reynolds, who capped his haul with a second-place finish in the long jump (career-best 23’9”), has now medaled in those three events during three championship meets (2016 outdoor, 2017 outdoor, 2018 indoor).
The men, which accumulated 206.50 points – the most in a MW Indoor meet since 2009 – to better the rest of the field by 65.50 points, captured its third indoor title in seven years on Saturday, Feb. 24. Based on finishes within the top-three of last weekend’s conference championship meet in Albuquerque, the men accounted for a program-record 16 all-conference honors.
Reynolds was one of two Falcons to earn all-conference honors in multiple individual events, as junior Mickey Davey collected all-MW honors in the weekend’s longest events, after finishing second in the 3000-meter run and third in the 5000-meter run.
Junior Miguel Molas (60-meter dash), senior Jamiel Trimble (200-meter dash), senior Tyler Koss (400-meter dash), junior Micah Fontaine (60-meter hurdles) and the 4x400-meter relay of junior Sedacy Walden, freshman Zachary Dicken, sophomore Michael Rhoads and Koss earned all-conference honors after earning Mountain West titles, while Molas and Fontaine paced the Falcons to two of the top-three spots in their respective events. Senior Robbie Anderson finished third in the 60-meter dash for the first individual all-conference selection of his career, while classmate David Collins earned the same placement in the hurdles for his first all-MW honor.
Air Force captured multiple top-three finishes in the pole vault for the seventh-straight year, as sophomore Connor Stevens finished second and freshman Mitch Lipe tied for third. Rhoads collected his first individual all-MW award after placing second in the 800-meter run with an Academy-record time, and senior Calvin Berstler earned his first indoor all-conference honor (second overall) by finishing third in the heptathlon.
Air Force collected a program-best five all-conference selections on the women’s side.
Junior Jaci Smith earned her first indoor all-conference honor after winning the 5000-meter run, while senior Shelley Spires successfully defended her title in the high jump for the second indoor all-MW honor of her career.
Junior Kathryn Tomczak earned her first indoor all-conference selection by placing second in the pole vault, while Air Force earned all-MW honors in the two indoor relays for the first time in program history. Sophomore Kelsey Owens, classmate Megan Irvine, junior Aryn Maxwell and freshman Aubrey Ridgeway shattered the Academy standard in the 4x400-meter relay to finish third in the meet and captured the program’s first-ever top-three finish in that indoor relay, while freshman Mahala Norris, Owens, Irvine and senior Carina Gillespie broke the Academy record in the distance medley relay to place third and earn the first all-MW honor in that event since 2014.
The 21 total all-conference awards are the most ever for Air Force at the MW Indoor Championships.