The 75 honorees is the third most since the Falcons joined the MW in 1999-2000
Personal-Best Times -- 1500m: 3:53.77a | 3000m Steeplechase: 9:14.23 | 5000m: 14:36.81
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2016: Competed in five meets, including the conference and regional championships...posted a career-best 8K time of 24:48.7 to finish 23rd at the Mountain West Championships...recorded a time of 25:20.3 at the Pre-National Invitational (107th)...made 10K debut at the NCAA Mountain Regional, finishing 67th with a time of 32:46.8...clocked a 5K time of 15:19.0 to finish 20th out of 138 runners at the season-opening Colorado State Invitational...posted a five-mile time of 24:45.6 to finish within the top half of the field at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (81st).
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2015: Competed in three meets...posted a personal-best 8K time of 27:20.7 at the Woody Greeno Invitational (80th)...added a 27:44.8 to finish 69th at the Rocky Mountain Shootout...clocked a 5K time of 16:11.8 at the season-opening Colorado State Invitational (70th)...academic all-conference selection.
HIGH SCHOOL: Salpointe Catholic High School...cross country Arizona Division II state champion...runner-up in the 1600- and 3200-meter events at the Division II state championships...named Athlete of the Year as a junior and senior...served as president of the Senior Class...named a Salpointe Scholar, for maintaining a GPA of 4.0 or higher.
PERSONAL: Full name is Nathaniel Alexander Thomas...goes by Nathan...nickname is "Cruz"...son of Joseph and Stacey Thomas...father is a 1993 graduate of the Air Force Academy...has two younger siblings...majoring in civil engineering...named to the Dean's List and Athletic Director's List...Flea Trainer...hobbies include hanging out with Tweedle, trash talking on Rocket League and "making Minute Rice in 58 seconds"...completed the Field Engineering and Readiness Laboratory (FERL) over the summer, paving the sidewalk to the press box at Falcon Stadium...also worked Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) and took part in Operation Air Force at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska...received a ride in a HH-60 Pave Hawk while on Ops...spent leave period at home, bouncing between "watching Million Dollar Listings with mom and little brother, and playing Plants v. Zombies with dad and little sister"...paternal grandfather was a member of the Naval Academy's Class of 1962 and maternal grandfather was enlisted in the Air Force...member of Cadet Squadron 20.
COACH COLE ON NATE: "Nate is a steady runner and has had good consistency in his preparations for the cross country season. As with many underclassmen, there are moments of success as fitness begins to build. Now in his third year with our program, Nate’s fitness has built and the consistency of those successful moments should improve. That’s a good thing for Nate and our team, but not so much for the teams we’re competing against."