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 -- 1500m: 3:48.64a | Mile: 4:09.46a
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2016: Competed in three meets, including the conference championships...posted a personal-best 8K of 25:00.9 at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (109th)...added a time of 25:24.0 to finish 44th at the Mountain West Championships...opened the season with a 28th-place 5K time of 15:25.9 at the Colorado State Invitational... academic all-conference selection...Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2015: Competed in three meets...opened the season with a 5K time of 15:59.8 at the Colorado State Invitational (58th)...clocked a career-best 8K time of 27:09.2 to finish 65th at the Woody Greeno Invitational...completed the Rocky Mountain Shootout course in 27:20.1 (58th)...academic all-conference selection...Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lakewood High School...five-time all-conference selection in track and cross country...earned all-state honors in track...finished second in the 1600-meter run at the Colorado state championships...served as captain of both the cross country and track teams...earned MVP honors in cross country as a senior...state qualifier in cross country...qualified to the state track meet in the 800-meter run, 1600-meter run and as a member of the 4x800-meter relay...set the school record in the 1600-meter run (4:21)...other personal-best times include 1:57 in the 800-meter run and 9:50 in the 3200-meter run...named Lakewood Scholar-Athlete as a senior...earned IB diploma...member of the National Honor Society...voted "Coolest Kid" in senior class...named to the High Honor Roll all four years.
PERSONAL: Full name is Zachary Noah Riley...goes by Noah...son of Bruce and Lisa Riley...has one older sister, Skye...majoring in political science...earning a minor in Spanish...future plans include becoming an intelligence officer in the Air Force and an underwater Zumba instructor after retirement...has served as Assistant Standardization and Evaluation Clerk...named to the Superintendent's List for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance...has also been named to the Commandant's List and Dean's List ...nickname is "Big-Boned", but would like to add "I'm not fat"...hobbies include telling Andrew Tankersley that he isn't funny, beating teammates in basketball, searching for Jinx in the wild, race walking and consoling Jacob Bilvado when he's down...favorite quote is by Jameis Winston (and I said, we said, I said ... are we scrong? They said `I'm scrong, if you're scrong'. I said `we scrong then'.)...spent one month in Chile with the Cadet Summer Language Immersion Program...also "instructed the nature-walking section" of Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET)...member of Cadet Squadron 16.
COACH COLE ON NOAH: "One of our middle distance runners that has really developed aerobically, Noah has established himself not just a top track runner for us, but he’s starting to become one of our top guys, regardless of the season. I’m looking forward to watching Noah race this year because he’s ready to have some great runs."