Feb. 27, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Two members of the Air Force track and field team were honored by the Mountain West Conference at the conclusion of the league championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Ralph Lindeman was selected by his peers as the men's Coach of the Year, while senior Justin Tyner was awarded the men's High Point honor.
Lindeman coached the men's team to their best-ever indoor finish at the Mountain West Conference Championships this past weekend, as the Falcons placed second with 122 points. It is the fourth MWC indoor award for Lindeman, who also tallied the honor in 2001, 2004 and 2008. The Falcons' mentor has also earned the MWC Outdoor Coach of the Year award twice (2001, 2003), as well as awards as the WAC Indoor Coach of the Year (1995) and the WAC Cross Country Coach of the Year (1991). He was also honored as the 1989 Big West Coach of the Year, while at Long Beach State.
Backed by conference titles in the 3000- and 5000-meter races, Tyner claimed the conference's High Point award with 20 points, sharing the honor with Leif Arrhenius of BYU, who took first in the shot put and weight throw. Tyner, who claimed the 5000-meter title on Friday with a championship meet record time of 14:13.33, successfully defended his 3000-meter title on Saturday with another championship meet record time of 8:16.72.
Tyner became just the second Air Force athlete to earn the program's High Point Award, joining Sean Houseworth, who earned the honor following a sweep of the same two races in 2009.