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
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.
Personal-Best Times -- 5000m: 17:22.31a | 1500: 4:41.92
JUNIOR YEAR | 2015: Competed in five meets, including the conference and regional championships...earned a top-20 finish at the Mountain West Championships...placed 17th at that meet after clocking in at 23:54.6...posted a personal-best 6K time of 20:31.6 to place 32nd at the Washington Invitational...finished within the top half of the field at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships (22:24.3, 53rd) and NCAA Mountain Region Championships (21:12.2, 112th)...clocked a 5K time of 18:09.4 to finish 16th at the Colorado State Invitational...academic all-conference selection...Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2014: Did not compete due to injury.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2013: Participated 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.
MAJOR TRACK AND FIELD HIGHLIGHTS: Debuted in seventh on the Academy's all-time standings at 5000 meters, after clocking 17:22.31 (adjusted for altitude) at the Air Force Invitational.
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...received a Medical Slot and will attend medical school following graduation...served as Charlie 1 Element Leader and Athletics NCO as a junior...named to the Dean's List and Athletic Director's List all six semesters...received the Order of Merit Award in Genetics for maintaining the highest grade...hobbies include rock climbing, biking, backpacking and chilling...worked Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) over the summer...also traveled to Alaska to mountain bike and backpack...member of Cadet Squadron 01.
COACH COLE ON SAMANTHA: One of our seniors who excels in pretty much everything she does, Sam has spent an immense amount of time building her body to be a strong runner. It has rarely come easy, yet Sam hasn’t backed down. That determination sets a great example for our group. But her commitment to her role on the team makes Sam not only a great teammate, but really makes her a great example of what USAFA is all about.