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
Personal-Best Times -- 1600m: 5:08.88
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.
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...daughter of David and Marilyn Burnham...both parents competed on the cross country and track teams at Bowdoin College...has one older sister, Maggie...also has two younger sisters (Grace and Jane) and two younger brothers (Daniel and Peter)...majoring in mathematics...served as B-1 Element Leader and Group 1 PEER NCO...named to the Superintendent's List for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance...hobbies include reading, writing, cooking and playing the piano...received Jump Wings in the summer of 2015...served as cadre during Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) over the summer...also completed Operation Air Force at Moody AFB, Ga., and visited family in New England ...member of Cadet Squadron 12.
COACH COLE ON KATIE: Katie had a big jump in cross country as a sophomore, consistently running in our top five last year. With additional experience under her belt, I wouldn't be surprised to see her progression continue. But she also brings so many intangibles to the table from a team standpoint. Over the next two years, Katie will be the glue that helps solidify our women's group as an emerging elite distance program.