The 75 honorees is the third most since the Falcons joined the MW in 1999-2000
Personal-Best Times -- 3000m: 8:35.90a | 5000m: 14:40.97a | 10,000m: 30:53.40
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2016: Competed in two meets...posted a career-best 5K time of 15:33.5 to finish 34th at the season-opening Colorado State Invitational...clocked a five-mile time of 26:26.0 at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (194th).
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2015: Competed in three meets...clocked a career-best 8K time of 27:32.4 at the Woody Greeno Invitational (94th)...finished 68th at the Rocky Mountain Shootout, following a time of 27:41.1...opened the season with a 5K time of 16:23.0 at the Colorado State Invitational (78th)...academic all-conference selection.
HIGH SCHOOL: Queen Anne's County High School...earned a silver medal in the 3200-meter run at the 2015 MPSSAA state championships...also finished third in the 1600-meter run at that meet...personal-best times include 4:23 (1600-meter run), 1.58 (800-meter run) and 9:38 (3200-meter run)...received the West Point Society of Annapolis Leadership Award...class salutatorian.
PERSONAL: Son of Kevin and Karen Rhodes...nickname is "Fetty"...has one younger sister...majoring in legal studies...future plans include becoming a legal advocate or working in the intelligence field...served as Safety NCO...named to the Dean's List and Athletic Director's List...earned Jump Wings in the summer of 2016...hobbies include running...was adopted from Russia at the age of six...member of Cadet Squadron 06.
COACH COLE ON NIKOLAI: "Nikolai is a workhorse for our program. He’s improved significantly during his first two years at USAFA and he’s worked extremely hard to see that trend continue during his last two years. But Nikolai has also become a key part of our group in terms of being someone showing what it looks like to work hard. Guys like that are invaluable to the group, not only through their performance, but through their workload."