The MW Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the Conference
Nine men and six women earned academic all-league honors.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2013: Competed in four meets, including the conference and regional championships...recorded a season-best 6K time of 21:49.40 at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships (52nd)...finished 34th at the Mountain West Championships with a time of 22:53.81...also competed at that distance during the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (22:26.00, 255th)...opened the season with a 5K time of 18:55.00 at the Colorado State Open (18th)...academic all-conference selection...MW Scholar-Athlete.
HIGH SCHOOL: Evergreen High School...Colorado 4A regional and league champion in 2012...four-time all-conference selection in the 5000-meter run (2009-12)...also earned all-conference honors in the 1600-meter run (three times), 3200-meter run (two times) and 800-meter run (two times)...member of five all-conference relay teams (4x800-meter relay, three times; 4x400-meter relay, two times)...also earned all-state honors on the 4x800-meter relay team in 2011 and 2012...named to the Gold Honor Roll all four years for maintaining a GPA of 4.0 or higher...four-time academic all-state honoree.
PERSONAL: Full name is Samantha Scott Skold...nickname is Sam...daughter of Doug and Chamane Skold...has a twin sister, Mackenzie ("she is my best friend, but we are complete opposites")...also has one older sister, Ashley, who is a member of the equestrian team at Texas A&M...majoring in biology...future plans include working in the physical therapy field...hobbies include mountain biking, climbing, hiking, snowboarding ("literally anything outside")...traveled to Moab, Utah, over the summer to mountain bike, paddle board down the Colorado River and go bouldering...also visited family and friends...member of Cadet Squadron 04.
COACH COLE ON SAMANTHA: "Sam is a fighter. She was one of the top cross country runners on the team as a freshman, despite enduring adversity with injuries from high school. That toughness, commitment, and ability to endure will enable Sam to be very successful ... not just as a distance runner at the Academy, but throughout her life in all that she does."