Oct. 26, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Air Force cross country team claimed a program-best eight all-conference selections at the conclusion of the 2012 Mountain West Championships on Friday, Oct. 26, in Las Vegas. Six members of the men's squad claimed all-MW honors, based on their finishes within the top 14 of the field, while the women claimed a program-record two all-MW awards.
The six all-MW selections by the men are the most in program history, matching the mark first set in 2003.
Isaiah Bragg earned program's lone first-team selection in 2012, as he finished seventh. It is the second straight season that the junior has earned all-league honors, improving his placement at the conference meet by seven spots.
The men earned five of the seven second-team selections, including three who earned all-league honors for the first time. Senior Matt Bell, who placed 30th last year in his first conference meet, earned a ninth-place finish to claim his first all-league award. Classmate Jeremy Drenckhahn finished 10th for the second all-MW honor of his career, while sophomores Elliot Myers and Riley Coates claimed their first such award with respective 11th- and 12th-place finishes. Senior Andrew Quallio rounded out the Falcons' all-league selections, as he finished 13th for his second consecutive all-MW honor.
On the women's side, senior Melissa Fuerst became the first runner in Air Force history to claim distinctions multiple times in a career, as she added a second ninth-place finish to her record at the conference meet. That placement, which matches her finish from the 2011 meet, is the second-best finish in program history.
Classmate Jen Bremser became the sixth member of the women's team to earn all-league accolades, as she placed 11th in her final conference championship meet. Bremser joins Fuerst (2011, 2012), Katherine Ward (2010), Nicole Graham (2005), Kelly Robinson (2004) and Rachel Smith (1999) as Falcons who have earned all-MW honors.
The men finished second in the six-team conference championship meet, while the women placed fourth among nine teams.