May 3, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Air Force men’s track and field team swept the Mountain West weekly awards on Tuesday, May 3, as sophomore Jamiel Trimble (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named the Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week and senior Dylan Bell (Alvarado, Texas) was named the Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week. It is the third career award for Trimble and the eighth for Bell.
Trimble had a stellar weekend at the 107th Drake Relays on April 28-30, impacting the Academy record book in two individual events, clocking the fifth-fastest 110-meter hurdles time in conference history and anchoring the 4x200-meter relay that set an Academy record during a winning performance.
The sophomore kicked off the weekend with a (then) career-best time of 14.04 in the preliminary round of the 110-meter hurdles, before clocking the second-fastest 100-meter dash in Academy history – in just the second 100-meter race of his career. With a time of 10.46, Trimble also matched the program’s 10-year-old Sophomore Class Record in that event. He capped the first day of action by anchoring the 4x200-meter team that won the Drake Relays and improved the Academy’s 19-year-old record by more than a half second (1:23.29). Trimble returned to the Blue Oval the following day and, within a 20-minute span, finished seventh in the 100-meter dash (wind-aided 10.57) and moved into second on the Academy’s all-time list in the 110-meter hurdles. Clocking a time of 13.90 to finish sixth and become just the second Falcon to ever break 14 seconds in the hurdles, Trimble reset his own Class Record for the second time in as many days and debuted in fifth on the Mountain West’s all-time standings.
Bell earned his fourth MW award of the season – and his second in as many weeks – after winning the pole vault at the Drake Relays. Registering the second-highest clearance of his career at 17’8½”, Bell bettered the field by four inches to capture his first Drake Relays title. Although the senior is already ranked first in the conference and fifth in the nation with his previous height of 18’2½”, this week’s mark is the second-highest jump in the conference this season and tied for 13th in the NCAA. Bell’s winning clearance of 17’8½” was tied for the third-best height in the nation during meets contested on April 25-30, while his advancing mark of 17’4½” was tied for the seventh-best mark of the week.
With the eighth MW award of his career, Bell equaled the program’s all-time record.
The pair shared the conference’s May 3 awards with New Mexico’s Courtney Frerichs (track) and San Diego State’s Bonnie Draxler (field), who received the weekly honors on the women’s side.
The Falcons return to action this Friday (May 6), when they host the annual Air Force Twilight Open at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex, beginning at 1:30 p.m. (MT).