The senior finished 19th at the regional meet and earned a bid to the NCAA Championships.
The senior team captain earned one of the region's four automatic bids to the national meet.
Air Force set career-best all-MW totals for both the men (six) and women (two).
- 2012 All-Mountain West, Cross Country
SENIOR YEAR | 2014: Team captain.
JUNIOR YEAR | 2013: Competed in five meets, including the conference, regional and national championships...opened the season with a sixth-place finish at the Colorado State Open (career-best 5K of 15:05.20)...posted a career-best 8K time of 24:33.00 at Wisconsin's adidas Invitational (138th)...finished 22nd at the Mountain West Championships with a time of 24:53.51...recorded a personal-best 10K time of 30:44.90 to finish 51st at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships...finished 206th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 32:25.30.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2012: Participated in five meets, including the conference and regional championships...earned all-conference (second team) honors following a 12th-place finish at the Mountain West Championships (24:51.1)...clocked a season-best 8K time of 24:46.4 at the Rim Rock Classic (30th)...placed 22nd out of 308 runners at the Woody Greeno Invitational (25:58.5)...finished 23rd in the unseeded race at the Pre-Nationals Meet (24:47.5)...placed 47th at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships with a 10K time of 31:38.1.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2011: Did not compete in any meets.
HIGH SCHOOL: Stevens High School...three-time all-state selection in cross country...also earned three All-Greater Dakota Conference selections...earned one All-Greater Dakota Conference selection in track...school record holder in the 800-meter run (1:55.1)...also a member of the 4x800-meter relay team that holds the school record at 7:52.85...member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Son of Kip and Mary Coates...nickname is "Goat"...has a twin brother, Casey...also has one older brother, Kelly...majoring in biology...future plans include running in the Air Force World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) and then working in the intelligence field or as a personnel officer...post-Air Force career includes becoming Benny 'The Jet' Rodriguez...named to the Athletic Director's List...taught patrol during the summer as a part of Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET)...also "sat in the Command Center, beat the legendary Michael Kelly in wiffle ball and hiked the majestic Harney Peak"...hobbies include baseball, basketball, reading, movies, yoga, flying, fighting and winning...president of the Violah Lagat Fan Club...big fan of the Florida State women's cross country program...member of Cadet Squadron 31.
COACH COLE ON RILEY: "Riley is the mold of what we want every member of our cross country program to be. A decent runner out of high school, he committed years to the process of elevating his own running through increased aerobic development. Now a training leader, he took that earned credibility and has devoted himself to making everyone around him better. Riley understands that the team success comes first, and our team will be significantly more successful because of Riley Coates."