June 19, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Air Force track and field team placed a program-best 39 athletes on the Mountain West academic all-conference team, the league office announced this morning (June 19). With 21 selections, the men produced the most honorees of any of the Academy's 10 spring sports, while the women's 18 honorees were second.
Three seniors collected academic all-conference honors for the fourth straight year, joining an elite group of track and field athletes to accomplish that feat. Paige Blackburn (3.50, civil engineering), Katie Carroll (3.26, electrical engineering) and Kimber Shealy (3.74, history) each claimed their fourth consecutive academic all-conference selection.
Fellow seniors Jared Barkemeyer (3.03, management) and Jordyn Stoddard (3.65, physics/electrical engineering) claimed their third academic all-conference honor, as did juniors Ted Artz (3.91, aeronautical engineering), Jen Bremser (3.48, behavioral sciences), Jeremy Drenckhahn (3.80, biology), Brian Ford (3.72, computer science), Kate Kanetzky (3.81, geospatial science), Gage Owens (3.13, mechanical engineering), Andrew Quallio (3.29, mechanical engineering) and Uzor Udensi (3.05, biology).
Senior Auriele Fain (3.38, political science) and junior Michael Tibbs (3.11, astronautical engineering) were two of 10 Falcons to claimed academic all-conference honors for the second time in their career. Joining Fain and Tibbs were sophomores Dan Bieber (3.74, humanitites), Ashley Christ (3.69, English), Brad Hackert (3.81, political science), Jake Hawkins (3.72, physics), David Ptacek (3.77, civil engineering), Cort Rogers (3.24, economics), Regan Rogers (3.86, biology) and Paige Shirley (3.19, management).
Senior Tawny Lambuth (3.08, humanities) joined sophomores Amanda Blain (3.81, legal studies), Adrianna Dong (3.13, political science) and Josh Nielsen (3.85, computer engineering) as first-time recipients of the academic all-conference award.
Also collecting their first academic honor from the Mountain West were freshmen Riley Coates (3.13, biology), Rebecca Esselstein (3.98, astronautical engineering), Michelle Ferguson (3.73, undeclared), Nichole Freeman (3.11, mathematics/economics), Evan McDowell (3.06, economics), Bryce Mitchell (3.69, undeclared), Elliot Myers (3.69, physics), Kobi Rex (3.69, management), Casey Riggs (3.28, aeronautical engineering), Marie Rossillon (3.04, undeclared), Sierra Schepper (3.40, behavioral sciences) and Jake Spuller (3.31, computer science) all made their first appearance on the academic all-conference list.
Esselstein's 3.98 GPA in astronautical engineering paced all Academy honorees.
Air Force had 60 cadet-athletes collect academic all-conference honors during the spring semester, which includes baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's track and field.
To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.