Oct. 18, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force junior Jeremy Drenckhahn was named the Mountain West Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced today (Oct. 18). It is the second career honor for Drenckhahn, who used a career-best performance to pace the Falcons at last weekend's Wisconsin/adidas Invitational.
A native of Plymouth, Minn., Drenckhahn finished 36th out of 270 runners at the prestigious Wisconsin/adidas Invitational on Oct. 14. The junior finished the 8K course in a time of 24:22.2, cutting 20 seconds off of his previous best time. That mark also ranks as the third-fastest in the conference this season.
Drenckhahn, who shared the Oct. 18 award with women's honoree Agnes Kemboi of TCU, also earned the conference award as a freshman in 2009. With today's award, he became just the sixth Falcon in program history to claim multiple weekly honors from the Mountain West Conference.
His award also marks the fifth time this season that an Air Force runner has been named the MW Athlete of the Week. The five selections in 2011 - Jim Walmsley (Sept. 13, Sept. 20), Melissa Fuerst (Sept. 20), Gavin Owens (Oct. 11) and Drenckhahn (Oct. 18) - is a new Academy record for the most weekly awards in a single season.
The Falcons are off from competition this weekend, as they prepare for the 2011 Mountain West Cross Country Championships, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Fort Collins, Colo.