The 41 student-athletes are the most ever in Mountain West sponsored sports only
The 75 honorees is the third most since the Falcons joined the MW in 1999-2000
2016 NCAA Participant, Cross Country
Personal-Best Times -- Mile: 5:05.19a | 1500m: 4:38.31 | 5000m: 17:02.38
JUNIOR YEAR | 2016: Competed in six meets, including the conference, regional and national championships...clocked a season-best 6K time of 21:21.6 to finish 24th at the Mountain West Championships and help Air Force to a runner-up finish in the team standings...finished within the top 50 of the NCAA Mountain Regional (21:31.7, 49th)...also ran 6K races at the Pre-National Invitational (22:12.0, 199th) and NCAA Championships (22:52.8, 243rd)...clocked a 5K time of 18:37.3 to finish 18th and help Air Force win the season-opening Colorado State Invitational...recorded a career-best 5K of 17:56.7 at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (122nd)...academic all-conference selection...Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2015: Competed in five meets, including the conference and regional championships...placed 27th at the Mountain West Championships (24:30.6)...recorded a 22:18.7 to finish 48th out of 127 runners at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships...clocked a career-best 6K time of 20:44.4 at the Washington Invitational (40th)...finished 89th out of 311 runners at the Pre-Nationals Invitational, following a time of 21:04.2...opened the season with a top-15 finish at the 5K Colorado State Invitational (18:04.0, 15th)...academic all-conference selection.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2014: Participated in five meets, including the conference and regional championships...posted a career-best 6K time of 23:16.20 to finish 75th at the Mountain West Championships...clocked a 25:30.71 at the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships (127th)...also competed in the 6K distance at the Woody Greeno Invitational (25:02.50, 54th) and Pre-National Invitational (25:08.40, 189th)...opened season with a 4200-meter time of 15:52.50 at the Fresno State Invitational (23rd)...academic all-conference selection...Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
MAJOR TRACK AND FIELD HIGHLIGHTS: Debuted on the Academy's all-time standings in the outdoor 5000-meter run (17:02.38, ninth)...ran on the distance medley relay that clocked the eighth-fastest time in program history (12:05.02a).
HIGH SCHOOL: Carroll Senior High School...two-time Team 5A state champion (2012, 2013)...Team Nike National runner-up (2012)...named Female Athlete of the Year (2013-14)...also named Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2013-14)...placed among the top-25 at the Texas 5A Cross Country Championships on two occasions (2013: 18th, 2012: 24th)...National Merit finalist...AP Scholar, with Distinction...ranked sixth in graduating class.
PERSONAL: Full name is Katherine Lee Burnham...goes by Katie...nickname is "Kit Kat"...daughter of David and Marilyn Burnham...both parents competed on the cross country and track teams at Bowdoin College...has one older sister, two younger sisters and two younger brothers...majoring in mathematics...future plans include working as an operations research analyst...serving as Flight Commander...named to the Superintendent's List for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance three times...named to the Commandant's List and Dean's List during all six semesters...received Jump Wings in the summer of 2015...hobbies include playing the piano, reading, writing and hanging out with siblings...interned in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory over the summer...member of Cadet Squadron 03.
COACH COLE ON KATIE: "Katie continues to be a quiet focal point for our program. She was someone that didn't wait until her senior year to take ownership in the program and she finds ways to bring our group together to move forward collectively. A very diligent, steady competitor and phenomenal teammate, Katie makes our team go."