June 6, 2016
NEW ORLEANS - Air Force head coach Ralph Lindeman and sophomore sprinter Jamiel Trimble were honored by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association this morning (June 6), as the USTFCCCA announced its regional award winners for the 2016 outdoor season. Lindeman was named the Mountain Region Men's Head Coach of the Year, while Trimble was tabbed as the Men's Track Athlete of the Year for the Mountain Region.
Lindeman, who is in his 27th season as the Falcons' head coach, guided the 22nd-ranked men to the Mountain West Outdoor team title, the first top-25 ranking in Academy history and a program-record seven entries into the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Lindeman, the 2016 MW Men's Coach of the Year, saw his athletes collect six event titles, 17 all-conference awards and earn at least one scoring finish in every event contested (20 events total) at last month's conference meet. Under Lindeman's watch, the men accounted for nine Academy records and made 15 additional improvements to the program's all-time standings during the second half of the season. The Falcons, who claimed at least one conference award during each week of the outdoor campaign, finished the regular season with two individuals ranked among the nation's top 10 - and added a third following the NCAA preliminary round in late May.
It is the fifth USTFCCCA coaching award for Lindeman, who was also honored as the region's top coach during the indoor season. In addition to his sweep of the 2016 awards, the Falcons' mentor also captured both awards in 2012 and received the outdoor award in 2013.
Trimble is in the midst of an unprecedented outdoor campaign that has included a West Prelim title at 200 meters, three Mountain West titles, three Academy records and three bids into the NCAA Championships. In his last outing, Trimble clocked an Academy, Conference and West Prelim-record time of 20.12 to finish first out of 48 runners in the 200-meter dash. That time, which is second in the NCAA, third in the U.S., and ninth in the world this season, came just 30 minutes after he ran an Academy-best 110-meter hurdles' time of 13.62 to finish fourth, and just over an hour after he anchored the 4x100-meter relay to a seventh-place finish and Academy-record time of 39.65. The sophomore, who was named the Outstanding Performer of the MW Outdoor Championships, claimed conference titles in the 200-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles and as a member of the 4x100-meter relay, while also finishing third in the 100-meter dash. In addition to his Academy-record performances, Trimble also clocked the program's second-fastest 100-meter time (10.46) and ran the sixth-fastest 400-meter time (46.92) during his first -and only - race at that distance.
Trimble is the first member of the Air Force men's team to ever capture a Track Athlete of the Year award from the USTFCCCA.
Lindeman, Trimble and eight additional members of the Air Force track and field team will close out the 2016 collegiate season this week (June 8-11), when they compete at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.