SEASON AT COLORADO STATE DUALS
Air Force, which includes the 29th-ranked
women's team, will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., on Friday, Sept.
1, for the CSU Duals.
Aug. 31, 2017
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Air Force cross country team, which includes the 29th-ranked womens
squad, opens the 2017 season this weekend, when it travels to Fort
Collins, Colo., for the Colorado State Duals on Friday, Sept. 1.
Action gets underway at 6:00 p.m. (MT).
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The annual Colorado State Duals will take place on the fields
surrounding Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins on Friday, Sept. 1.
The men and women will both complete a 5K course, with the women
starting at 6:00 p.m., and the men following at 6:30 p.m.
LAST YEAR AT THE COLORADO STATE INVITATIONAL
Backed by a first-place finish from Carina Gillespie, the women
captured the team title at the 2016 Colorado State Invitational.
Gillespie clocked the fifth-fastest 5K time in Academy history
(17.33) to win the 93-runner event by two seconds. All five of
the womens scoring runners Jaci Smith, Samantha Skold,
Katie Burnham, Lindy Long finished within the top 12, while
three men Matt Dorsey, Andrew Johnston, Kyle Eller
finished in the top 10 to lead the men to a runner-up finish in
the team standings.
WOMEN RANKED 29TH IN USTFCCCA PRESEASON COACHES POLL
The women earned its first preseason nod from the U.S. Track &
Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Aug. 29, as the
Falcons were listed 29th in the Preseason Coaches Poll.
The Falcons return a talented lineup that includes all but two
of the runners that helped Air Force qualify for its first NCAA
Division I Cross Country Championship meet last season.
MEN RECEIVING VOTES IN PRESEASON COACHES POLL
The men received votes in the preseason poll, tallying 15 points
to rank 34th in the seasons first poll.
MEN, WOMEN RANKED THIRD IN MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON POLL
The Air Force men and women were selected third in the Mountain
West Preseason Coaches Poll. The women accounted for 81
points to finish third in the 11-team standings just eight
points out of second while the men registered 36 points
to earn the same placement in the eight-team field.
LETS HEAR IT FOR THE LOCALS
Eight Falcons hail from the Centennial State, including two from
Colorado Springs (Maria Mettler, Conner Wilburn) and one from
Monument (Drew Lester). Air Forces roster also includes
runners from Arvada (Zac Petrie, Giulianna Vessa), Fort Collins
(Preston Roche), Littleton (Noah Riley) and Parker (Scott Johnson).
WELCOME TO THE TEAM
Air Force added 10 men and six women to its roster for the 2017
season. The mens freshman lineup includes Hunter Boyer,
Colin Dwyer, Scott Johnson, Aric Kedge, Zack Lavier, Jordan Lesansee,
Drew Lester, Alec Schrank, Konrad Steck and Joe Way, while the
womens roster includes Sarah Bodmer, Brooke Drabek, Maria
Mettler, Mahala Norris, Alexis Sherwin and Shay Stayton.
FOLLOW THE FALCONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Fans of the Air Force cross country program can follow the team
on Twitter via @af_trackfield the official account of the
Falcons cross country, track and field teams. Air Force
can also be found on Facebook (AirForceTF) and Instagram (af_trackfield).
THE NEXT COURSE
Air Force returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 16, when it travels
to Lincoln, Neb., for the annual Woody Greeno Invitational at
|AIR FORCE WELCOMES
17 TO CROSS COUNTRY ROSTER
The Falcons' youngest class, which is comprised of
11 men and six women, combined for 14 state titles.
Aug. 17, 2017
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ACADEMY, Colo. The Air Force cross country welcomed 17 freshmen
to its roster for the upcoming 2017 season, head coach Ryan Cole
announced today, as the Academys Class of 2021 completed their
first week of classes. The 11 men and six women that make up the
Falcons youngest class combined for 14 state titles during
their prep careers, as well as numerous top-10 finishes at the state
We are extremely excited to have this group of freshmen
joining our cross country teams at the Air Force Academy,
Cole said. Its a talented group of young people that
are the right fit for our program and our institution. Not only
will they help continue to elevate our athletic success, Im
confident these are individuals that will be great students, officers
and future leaders for our country.
The mens freshmen roster will include Hunter Boyer (Lowell,
Ind./Lowell HS), Colin Dwyer (Savage, Minn./Prior Lake HS), Zack
Esponda (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande HS), Scott Johnson (Parker,
Colo./Legend HS), Aric Kedge (Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque Academy),
Zac Lavier (Portland, Ore./Catholic Central HS), Jordan Lesansee
(Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque Academy), Drew Lester (Monument,
Colo./Palmer Ridge HS), Alec Schrank (Winchester, Va./Millbrook
HS), Konrad Steck (Williamsburg, Va./Lafayette HS) and Joe Way
(Evans, Ga./Evans Lakeside HS), while the womens Class of
2021 lineup will include Sarah Bodmer (Apex, N.C./Cary Academy),
Brooke Drabek (Fox Lake, Ill./Grant HS), Maria Mettler (Colorado
Springs, Colo./Air Academy HS), Mahala Norris (Roseburg, Ore./Roseburg
HS), Alexis Sherwin (Niceville, Fla./Niceville
HS) and Shay Stayton (Bartlesville, Okla./Bartlesville
Air Force opens the 2017 campaign on Friday, Sept. 1, when they
travel to Fort Collins, Colo., for the annual Colorado State Invitational.
athletes etch collegiate futures
Distance runner Alexis Sherwin, soccer
goalkeeper Payton Lewis, swimmer Tatum Hackler and track and field
thrower Skyler Joneson signed to further their athletic careers.
March 1, 2017
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By Josh Hyber | 315-4476 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexis Sherwin looks at her
family after her college signing event at Niceville High School.
She will attend The Air Force Academy.
NICEVILLE Just a few years ago, Niceville distance
runner Alexis Sherwin attended an Eagles' college signing ceremony
and thought to herself, "Whoa, that's never going to be me."
Just a few months ago, Niceville girls' soccer goalkeeper Payton
Lewis feared a college soccer scholarship offer would never come.
For Sherwin, that mindset, and for Lewis that predicament, didn't
On Wednesday in the Niceville High School cafeteria, Sherwin, Lewis,
Eagles' swimmer Tatum Hackler and Eagles' track and field thrower
Skyler Joneson signed to further their athletic careers at the college
level. Sherwin signed with her dream school, Air Force. Lewis signed
with the University of Mobile. Joneson signed with Birmingham-Southern,
and Hackler signed with Virginia Tech.
Lewis, who backstopped the Eagles to an elite eight appearance
this season, couldn't wipe the smile, or brown icing, off her face.
"It was a life-long dream of mine to play college soccer,"
Lewis said, standing feet from where just moments earlier she was
playfully pied in the face with a cupcake. "The University
of Mobile came out of nowhere and offered me. I'm just really excited
I get to play at the next level. I'm just proud of Niceville High
Sherwin's decision came down to Air Force and Navy (a school she
was previously dead-set on attending), but told the Daily News in
December the aspects of the Naval Academy she likes, she likes even
more at Air Force. This season, Sherwin finished 22nd at the cross
country state meet (19:01.22), second at regionals with a personal
record time of 18:48.50.
At the state track meet last season, she finished second in the
800-meter with a time of 2:14. She was also part of Niceville's
4x800 team that finished third and 4x400 team that placed eighth.
"Today was absolutely incredible," Sherwin said.
"I think that the Air Force is getting a tremendous runner
with a huge upside in Alexis," Niceville cross country head
coach Jamie LaFollette told the Daily News in December. "Having
only been running competitively for one year, I am excited to see
what kind of runner she will become at the next level."
Sherwin, who doesn't have to declared a major until her sophomore
year, said she wants to study aviation and one day fly planes.
Hackler a 12-time state medalist a gold medalist this season
in the 200-medley relay signed with the Hokies in September,
but had yet to be recognized in a ceremony at the school.
"I'm glad I got to do it," Hackler said. "I'm really
happy that it's finally my day. It kind of like seals the deal.
I'm ready to go to Virginia and see how things go."
Joneson signed with Birmingham-Southern, a school she committed
to in January. Last weekend, the senior set the school shot put
record, throwing 39'7" (12.09m). Earlier in the month she set
a personal record for distance thrown in the discus.
"I'm very excited. Excited to become a Panther," Joneson
said. "It means a lot to see all these people turned out. I
have a lot of family and friends here to support me. I'm definitely
going to miss my teammates and coaches a lot. This team has built
me to be who I am today. They got me where I am."