Team captain for 2009 season...
JUNIOR (2008): Earned all-conference (second-team) honors, following a 14th-place finish at the Mountain West Conference Championships (25:06)...competed in four other meets, including the NCAA Regional Championships... placed 70th at the regional meet with a 10K time of 32:21...placed 25th at the Aztec Invitational with a time of 25:41...finished 24th at the Rocky Mountain Shootout in 26:46...also ran at the Pre-Nationals Meet, clocking a time of 24:52 (90th)...academic all-conference...MWC Scholar-Athlete.
SOPHOMORE (2007): Competed in four meets, including the Mountain West Conference Championships...placed 21st at the conference meet with a season-best 8K time of 26:01...finished 12th at the Fort Hays Invitational (second-best Air Force finish) with a time of 26:37...clocked a 41st-place time of 26:51 at the Aztec Invitational...opened the season with a 4.25-mile time of 23:1...named to the MWC Scholar-Athlete list.9 (21st-place) at the Wyoming Invitational...academic all-conference selection...MWC Scholar-Athlete.
FRESHMAN (2006): Raced in four meets for Air Force...collected a career-best ninth-place finish at the Air Force Open, crossing the finish line in 27:51...opened the season with a 52nd-place time of 24:26 at the Wyoming Invitational (4.25-mile course)...clocked 27:16 to finish 23rd at the Utah Fall Festival...placed 19th with a season-best 27:14 at the annual Fort Hays Invitational...MWC Scholar-Athlete.
HIGH SCHOOL: Rapelje High School...state "C" champion in cross country, 1600-meters and 3200-meters as a senior...four-year letterwinner in track and two-year letterwinner in cross country (program started prior to junior year)...all-state selection in both sports...lettered in six-man football and basketball...all-conference selection in both sports...earned academic all-state honors...class valedictorian...state finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman...senior class president...treasurer of student council...president of the National Honor Society...chapter president of the Business Professionals of American (BPA)...participated in 4H for eight years.
PERSONAL: Full name is Zachary Allen Nordahl...goes by Zach...son of Allen and Amber Nordahl...has one younger brother, Eben, who is a sophomore cross country and track athlete at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology...majoring in civil engineering...future plans include becoming a pilot...served as the Interceptors Squadron Commander during the first session of Basic Cadet Training... currently serving as squadron C-Flight Commander...was named Outstanding Performer for Cadet Squadron 35 during the 2007 Commandant's Challenge...three-time selection to the Superintendent's List for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance...hobbies include hunting, backpacking, sports, reading and working on the family ranch...uncle, Joe Wintersteen, is a retired lieutenant colonel and B-1B pilot...spent the summer as an Element Leader for Summer Seminar and working BCT...two-time academic all-conference selection for track...named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team.