The MW Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the Conference
Nine men and six women earned academic all-league honors.
Jeremy Drenckhahn was honored with first-team status; Matt Bell and Rebecca Esselstein named to third team.
Ted Artz, Jeremy Drenckhahn and Kate Kanetzky are the program's latest four-time honorees.
A program-record five Falcons earned their fourth straight academic all-conference honor.
- Two-time Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American
SENIOR YEAR | 2014: Team captain.
JUNIOR YEAR | 2013: Competed in four meets, including the conference and regional championships...clocked a season-best 6K time of 21:58.00 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (220th)...finished 51st at the Mountain West Championships behind a time of 23:34.49...clocked 22:07.70 to finish 70th at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships...opened the season with an 11th-place finish at the Colorado State Open (5K time of 18:42.20)...academic all-conference selection...MW Scholar-Athlete...earned second straight selection to the CoSIDA-Capital One Academic All-District VII Team...became the first Air Force runner to earn CoSIDA-Capital One Academic All-America honors twice in a career.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2012: Ran in six meets, including the conference and regional championships...placed 11th at the Woody Greeno Invitational (22:22.3) to help Air Force to its first team title at that meet...clocked season-best time of 21:49.2 at the Pre-Nationals Meet (127th)...recorded a time of 22:06.9 to finish 28th at the Mountain West Championships...finished 37th at the Rim Rock Classic with a time of 22:05.8...clocked a time of 23:04.5 to place 94th at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships...opened season with a 5K time of 18:36.9 to finish sixth at the Colorado State Open...academic all-conference selection...MW Scholar-Athlete...CoSIDA-Capital One Academic All-District VII selection...only sophomore to be named to the CoSIDA-Capital One Academic All-America Team.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2011: Participated in four competitions...opened the season at the Rust Buster Invitational, placing 29th with a 4K time of 15:52...ran a 5K time of 18:58 to place 14th at the Fort Hays State Tiger Invitational...clocked a 5.8K time of 24:43 to place 40th at the Rocky Mountain Shootout...competed at the Woody Greeno Invitational, recording a time of 23:41 to finish 81st in the 6K race...academic all-conference selection...Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
HIGH SCHOOL: Archbishop Alter High School...member of three state championship teams (2007 cross country, 2009 4x800-meter relay, 2011 4x800-meter relay)...four-time state qualifier in the 800-meter run...placed within the top-10 at the state meet all four years (fourth in 2009, seventh in 2010, eighth in 2008 and ninth in 2011)...served as co-captain of the 2010 cross country team...earned academic all-Ohio recognition for cross country...also earned academic all-state honors in track...two-time recipient of the Coaches' Award for cross country...earned the 2011 Coaches' Award for track...class valedictorian...received numerous department awards...received Scholar-Athlete honors from the Girls Greater Cincinnati League...AP Scholar.
PERSONAL: Full name is Rebecca Ann Esselstein...nicknames are "Becca" or "Reebs"...daughter of Brian and Lisa Esselstein...has one older brother, Matt, and two older sisters, Katie and Hilary...also has one younger brother, Andrew...majoring in astronautical engineering...future plans include becoming a pilot and, ultimately, an astronaut...serving as Flight Commander during the 2014 fall semester...has also served as Ops Group Deputy Commander (summer 2014), Element Leader (spring 2014), Group Standardization/Evaluation and D&C NCO (fall 2013)...named to the Superintendent's List for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance during five of six semesters...named to the Commandant's List for military performance all six semesters...three-time member of the Dean's Aces List (spring 2012, fall 2012, spring 2014)...received jump wings in the summer of 2012...hobbies include drawing, watching movies and reading...ran on the distance medley relay teams that won the conference title at the 2013 MW Indoor Track and Field Championships...also competed on the DMR that earned all-conference honors in 2014 following the fourth-best time in Academy history...individually debuted in ninth on the program's all-time list in the outdoor 800-meter run (2:14.09) as a junior...completed a five-week Cadet Summer Research Program (CSRP) at MIT Lincoln Labs over the summer...saw humpback whales in the wild...also managed over 1800 cadets as the Ops Group Deputy Commander for summer programs...has one cousin in the Air Force Reserves and several uncles that are retired from the Air Force...member of Cadet Squadron 19.
COACH COLE ON REBECCA: "Becca truly embodies the Air Force motto of 'excellence in all we do'. She is one of our senior captains, she is one of the top students at the Academy, and she is one of the top runners on our team. While her primary event is the 800 meters, the strength she builds throughout the fall will pay off this winter and spring on the track."