Air Force Cross Country Hands out End-of-Season Awards
Dec. 3, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force cross country handed out several awards at the end-of-the-season celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Five members of the program received special distinction, with senior Sean Houseworth and junior Katie Lynch earning MVP honors for their respective teams.
Houseworth was named the men's Most Valuable Runner, after posting the Falcons' top times at the Pre-National Meet and the Mountain West Conference Championships. He finished within the top third (64 out of 267) at the Pre-Nationals Meet with an 8K time of 24:35 and earned all-conference first team honors with a seventh-place finish (24:51) at the MWC Championships. His time of 24:35 at the Pre-NCAA meet was the best 8K time by any Air Force runner this season.
Sophomore Justin Tyner was named the team's Most Improved Award, while James Walmsley was chosen as the program's Outstanding Freshman. Tyner was a key component to the Falcons' success this season, joining junior Zach Nordahl and senior Dan Castle as the team's 3-4-5 runners. Tyner finished within the top half of the field at both the conference (16th out of 50) and regional (38th out of 108) meets. Walmsley was the top freshman finisher in each race he competed in, including a finish within the top-third of the field at the Rocky Mountain Shootout.
In addition to earning the team's MVP award, Lynch was selected as the recipient of the women's Most Improved Award. Lynch, who competed in the first cross country meet of her career on Sept. 13 in San Diego, was the Falcons' top finisher at the Pre-Nationals Meet, MWC Championships and NCAA Regional Championships. Lynch finished 168th at the Pre-Nationals Meet (22:30), 21st at the conference meet (22:29) and 44th at the regional meet (21:42). Her regional meet time of 21:42 is the Falcons' fastest of the season.
Auriele Fain was named the Outstanding Freshman for the women's team, after earning the Falcons' top finishes at the Wyoming Invitational and Rocky Mountain Shootout. Fain, who posted the Falcons' best time at Wyoming since 2005, clocked the team's best times in the 2.5-mile (15:27) and 5,800-meter (22:59) courses. Both of those marks are nearly a minute quicker than the second-fastest time.
2008 CROSS COUNTRY AWARDS