March 4, 2016
NEW ORLEANS – Air Force head coach Ralph Lindeman and senior distance runner Hannah Everson were honored by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association this afternoon (March 4), as the USTFCCCA announced its regional award winners for the 2015-16 indoor season. Lindeman was named the Mountain Region Head Coach of the Year, while Everson was tabbed as the Women’s Track Athlete of the Year for the Mountain Region.
Lindeman, in his 27th season as the Falcons’ head coach, led Air Force to its second Mountain West Indoor title last week and the first top-20 ranking in program history. Backed by four conference champions and 13 all-MW selections, the Falcons scored in every event on their way to the team title. Lindeman, who was named the MW Head Coach of the Year following the conference meet, saw his athletes account for five school records and 18 improvements to the Academy’s all-time standings during the indoor season. Three Falcons are ranked within the top 10 of the NCAA, while a program-record four earned bids to next week’s national championships.
It is the fourth USTFCCCA regional award for Lindeman, who received the same indoor honor in 2012 and was named the region’s top outdoor coach in 2012 and 2013.
In the midst of a stellar senior season, Everson became the first female runner in program history to earn an invitation to the NCAA Division I Championships. She also became just the second Air Force runner to win a conference title at the MW Indoor Championships, shattering her own Academy record by more than 20 seconds to win the 3000-meter run (9:18.68, altitude) last weekend in Albuquerque. Everson also deleted 40 seconds off of her own program record in the 5000-meter run (15:53.64) at the Husky Classic earlier this season, finishing eighth out of 78 runners and clocking the third-fastest time in Mountain West history. Everson will compete in the 5000-meter race at the NCAA Championships, where she is the No. 16 seed.
Everson, who was honored as the Mountain Region Female Athlete of the Year during the 2015 cross country campaign, is the first track athlete in Academy history to receive recognition from the USTFCCCA. She is the sixth cadet overall, joining five Falcons that have earned the region’s Field Athlete of the Year honor.
Lindeman, Everson and the Falcons will close out the indoor season next weekend, as they travel to Birmingham, Ala., for the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.