June 24, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Twenty-one members of the Air Force track and field team were honored with Mountain West Scholar-Athlete distinction, the league office announced today (June 24). The 16 men and five women were recognized for holding a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Three seniors - Ted Artz (3.90, aeronautical engineering), Jeremy Drenckhahn (3.79, biology) and Kate Kanetzky (3.84, geospatial science) - were honored with MW Scholar-Athlete accolades for the fourth straight year. The trio, who also claimed honors as cross country runners, brought the program's total of four-time honorees to seven.
Four additional seniors were also awarded MW Scholar-Athlete distinction. Matt Bell (3.51, environmental engineering) and Brian Ford (3.67, computer science) claimed their third such honor, while Jen Bremser (3.53, behavioral sciences) and Paul Rishel (3.73, aeronautical engineering) each picked up their first.
Juniors Dan Bieber (3.76, humanities), Brad Hackert (3.85, political science), David Ptacek (3.79, civil engineering / environmental engineering) and Regan Rogers (3.90, biology) earned their third straight MW Scholar-Athlete honor, while classmate Josh Nielsen (3.85, computer engineering) picked up his second.
With the second-highest GPA among all of the Academy's cadet-athletes, Rebecca Esselstein (3.98, astronautical engineering) paced a trio of sophomores to their second consecutive MW Scholar-Athlete award, joining Elliot Myers (3.69, physics) and Kobi Rex (3.65, management / legal studies).
Six freshmen, including Sean Bapty (3.64, electrical engineering), Evan Fortney (3.58, mechanical engineering), Andrew Hood (3.58, aeronautical engineering), Jordan McCool (3.82, economics), Casey Peloquin (3.73, undeclared) and Riley Vann (3.51, English), claimed their first Mountain West awards for high grades.
A league-record 623 student-athletes were honored with the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete award for the 2012-13 academic year. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have participated in varsity competition in an NCAA-sponsored sport.