Dec. 2, 2009
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force cross country team wrapped up a successful 2009 campaign this evening (Dec. 2) with its annual end-of-the-season banquet at the Academy Press Box. Junior Justin Tyner and senior Ally Romanko were the recipients of the program's MVP awards, while several other Falcons received special recognition for their contributions this season.
Tyner had a standout season for the Falcons, earning all-conference and all-region honors, as well as a berth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The junior picked up the program's best finish at the national meet since 2004, as he placed 71st among 250 of the nation's top runners. Tyner was the top-finishing Air Force runner in four meets. Pacing Air Force at both the 8K and 10K distances, Tyner was an all-conference (third-place) and all-region (fifth-place) selection. In addition, he recorded strong finishes at the Pre-Nationals (21st) and Roy Griak (fifth) Invitational, while earning MWC Athlete of the Week honors.
Romanko was the Falcons' top finisher in every meet she competed in this season, including the Pre-Nationals Meet and NCAA Regional Championships. Her Pre-Nationals time of 22:24.1 was the fastest 6K time on the team in 2009, while she also accounted for the fastest 4K time (15:29.02) at the season-opening UCCS Rust Buster Invitational. Romanko finished fourth at the Rust Buster to guide the women to a first-place finish in the team standings.
Senior Andy Schweitzer and junior Katherine Ward earned the Most Improved Award on their respective teams. Schweitzer competed in five meets this season, earning a place on the varsity roster that competed at the conference and regional championships. Participating in five competitions this season, Ward was the squad's second-fastest finisher in two meets, including the Mountain West Conference Championships.
Jeremy Drenckhahn and Jennifer Bremser were selected as the recipients of the program's Outstanding Freshman Award. Drenckhahn was the Falcons' top finisher at the back-to-back meets and earned MWC Runner of the Week honors following the Tiger Invitational. The only freshman on the roster at the conference and regional meets, Drenckhahn was the highest placing freshman in all five of the meets he competed in. Bremser was the Falcons' top finisher at the MWC Championships, placing 20th. She was also the top freshmen finisher at the Rust Buster Invitational and Roy Griak Invitational.
2009 CROSS COUNTRY AWARD WINNERS
Men's MVP: Justin Tyner
Women's MVP: Ally Romanko
Men's Most Improved: Andy Schweitzer
Women's Most Improved: Katherine Ward
Men's Outstanding Freshman: Jeremy Drenckhahn
Women's Outstanding Freshman: Jennifer Bremser