2017 Newcomer of the Year, Track and Field
2017 NCAA Participant, Outdoor Track and Field | 800-Meter Run
Personal-Best Times -- 400m: 48.83 | 800m: 1:49.11a
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2016: Did not compete.
MAJOR TRACK AND FIELD HIGHLIGHTS: Qualified to the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800-meter run...finished 22nd at the West Preliminary Meet...scored for the Falcons in that event at the Mountain West Championships during both the indoor (sixth) and outdoor (fourth) seasons...set a Freshman Class Record in that event with a time of 1:50.78 (adjusted for altitude)...that time is the ninth-fastest indoor mark in Air Force history.
HIGH SCHOOL: Inglemoor High School...won the 400-meter dash at the Washington 4A state track and field championships as a junior...placed second in that event as a senior...clocked a career-best 400-meter time of 48.21 at the 2016 state meet.
PERSONAL: Son of Dean and Liz Rhoads...nickname is "Little Mike"...has one older sister and one younger brother...currently undecided on a major...post-Air Force plans includes becoming a professional duck spotter and general duck enthusiast...hobbies include "practicing techniques for downhill waterskiing, knitting, alchemy and partaking in asparagus-growing competitions"...once had a pet crow...member of Cadet Squadron 35.
COACH COLE ON MIKE: "After breaking our freshman 800-meter records both indoor and outdoor last year for track and field, Michael will have a much better head-start on the track season with a full summer and fall of training. He is already miles ahead of where he was this time last year, and while where you finish doesn’t always depend on where you start, it is also frequently beneficial to have a great finish by getting off to a great start. And Michael is off to a great start this year."