Jacob Bilvado

Jacob  Bilvado


Visalia, Calif.

High School:
El Diamonte


2017 NCAA Participant, Outdoor Track and Field | 5000-Meter Run
2017 All-Mountain West, Outdoor Track and Field | 5000-Meter Run
2016 All-Mountain West, Cross Country
2016 Newcomer of the Year, Track and Field
2016 All-Mountain West, Indoor Track and Field | Distance Medley Relay

Personal-Best Times -- 1500m: 3:51.74 | 3000m: 8:01.59a | 5000m: 13:54.68

SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2016: Competed in five meets, including the conference and regional championships...earned first-team all-conference honors after finishing fifth at the Mountain West Championships...clocked a season-best 8K time of 24:12.6 to record the Falcons' top finish at that meet...registered the fifth-fastest five-mile time in Academy history (24:19.3) to finish 35th out of 202 runners at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational...clocked a time of 24:48.2 to place 45th out of 264 runners at the Pre-National Invitational...posted a 10K time of 31:33.1 to finish 28th at the NCAA Mountain Regional...clocked a 5K time of 15:28.4 at the season-opening Colorado State Invitational (29th).

FRESHMAN YEAR | 2015: Raced in four competitions, including the conference championships...posted a career-best 8K time of 26:19.8 to finish 16th at the Rocky Mountain Shootout...finished 33rd out of 233 runners at the Woody Greeno Invitational (26:21.8)...placed 38th at the Mountain West Championships (28:16.8)...opened the season at the Colorado State Invitational, finishing 29th with a 5K time of 15:31.0.

MAJOR TRACK AND FIELD HIGHLIGHTS: Qualified to the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 5000-meter run...two-time all-conference selection...finished second in the 5000-meter run at the 2017 Mountain West Outdoor Championships...ran on the distance medley relay that placed third at the 2017 MW Indoor Championships...ranked among the program's all-time top-five in the indoor 5000-meter run (13:56.93, third), indoor 3000-meter run (8:01.59a, fourth) and outdoor 5000-meter run (13:54.68, fifth)...also ran on the 4x1600-meter relay that posted the second-fastest time in Air Force history (16:33.25) at the Drake Relays...holds Freshman and Sophomore Class Records in the 3000- and 5000-meter events...earned the team's Newcomer of the Year award in 2016.

HIGH SCHOOL: El Diamante High School...four-year varsity letterwinner in track and cross country...named Visalia Times Delta Runner of the Year three times...three-time West Yosemite League champion in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter events...two-time Central Area champion in those distances...2015 CIF state qualifier in track...three-time CIF state qualifier in cross country...finished sixth at the 2014 championships in a time of 15:18...member of the Amateur Ultimate Frisbee Club all-city team...received the Visalia Unified School District's Overall Achievement Award...lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation.

PERSONAL: Son of Michael and Teresa McDaniels...nickname is "Chapo"...mother ran cross country at CSU Stanislaus...has one older sister, Mikaela, who is the Special Olympics swimming and track champion for Tulare County...also, has two younger siblings, Jared (Visalia's undefeated, fourth-grade champion at 800 meters) and Rylee (a future track star)...majoring in management...future plans include building rockets and "saving the world from terrorists"...served as Element NCO and IT NCO...hobbies include not running, playing "real" sports, running, video games, hanging out with "The Boys", running, surfing and running...enjoys debating current world topics, as well as finance and investments, with the AFXC Big Brain Club (VP Wojo, CFO Zac Petrie and Secretary Tweedle) at Big Brain Conventions during coffee shop CQ periods...likes to seek help from teammates, including nutritional advice from Tweedle and Poptart...enjoys watching Andy build a coffee shop in his room, while making his homebrewed, cold brew coffee...also likes quoting classic movies such as Forrest Gump, Gone with the Wind, Step Brothers, The Hangover triology and The Longest Yard with Zac Petrie, participating in AFXC RAMPS and listening to Fetty and Don tease easily-targeted teammates like Wojo, Tweedle and Jimmy...learning how to play the ukulele in hopes of getting more girls to notice him...has been "kind enough to allow Zac Petrie to live with us at Tom and Lori's home in Arvada"...favorite quotes from the off-season include "well...Imma have to ask WHY!?" (Jimmy/Fetty), "I mean, I'm not, not down" (Big Evan), "you lil'Pan" (Luis) and "die up" (anonymous)...served as cadre during Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) over the summer, working with SERE specialists and teaching students valuable survival skills...also participated in Operation Air Force at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and took leave...grandfather, Steve Bilvado, served in the Air Force...member of Cadet Squadron 33.

COACH COLE ON JACOB: "Traditionally, we have seen many of our strongest distance runners in program history emerge during their junior year. Jacob has already had strong success as an underclassman, but he is ready to take the next step. The important thing for Jacob, as well as for the rest of our team, is to remember that regardless what performance level an athlete is currently at, the process to improve really doesn't change all that much. It will be very fun to watch Jacob's improvement curve over the course of the coming year."

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