June 15, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Air Force sophomore Jamiel Trimble was named the Mountain West Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced this afternoon (June 15). Trimble is the second Academy athlete in as many years to earn the league’s top outdoor track and field honor, as Joey Uhle received the award at the end of the 2015 season.
Trimble, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, had a remarkable outdoor campaign that included second-team All-America honors, three bids to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, three conference titles, one West Prelim title, one Mountain West record and four Academy records.
At the NCAA West Prelim in late May, the sophomore registered the second-fastest 200-meter time in the NCAA this year, as he ran 20.12 to win the 48-runner event. That time, a new West Prelim record, is the fastest time in Academy history by 0.61 seconds and the fastest time in Mountain West history by 0.23 seconds. That race came 30 minutes after he finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with an Academy-record performance of 13.62 (second-fastest time in conference history) and just over an hour after he anchored the 4x100-meter relay to a seventh-place finish and an Academy-record time of 39.65 (fourth-fastest time in conference history).
Trimble, the MVP of the Air Force men’s track and field team, claimed conference titles in the 200-meter dash, (20.56 – a then-Academy record and the fourth-fastest time in MW Championship Meet history), the 110-meter hurdles (13.80 – a then-Academy record and the second-fastest time in championship meet history) and as a member of the 4x100-meter relay (39.92 – a then-Academy record and the fifth-fastest time in meet history). Trimble, who was the top collegiate finisher in two regular-season meets, anchored Air Force to a 4x200-meter victory at the prestigious Drake Relays (Academy-record time of 1:23.29). In addition to his program-best marks, he also finished the 2016 season ranked second on the Academy’s all-time list at 100 meters (10.46) and sixth on the all-time list at 400 meters (46.92).
The Mountain West Student-Athlete of the Year award recognizes the conference’s outstanding male and female athletes in track and field. Student-athletes are nominated and selected by the head coaches at each member institution. Trimble shared the men’s 2016 outdoor award with Colorado State thrower Mostafa Hassan, while San Diego State sprinter Ashley Henderson claimed the women’s honor.
It is the third major award of the spring for Trimble, who received the Men’s Outstanding Performer award at last month’s Mountain West Championship meet and was honored by the USTFCCCA Mountain Region as the Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year on June 6.