41 Mountain West Student-Athletes Earn USTFCCCA Outdoor Track & Field All-America Recognition
NEW ORLEANS, La. – All-America honorees for the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Monday afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). A total of 41 Mountain West student-athletes were honored, including 12 individuals who garnered first-team accolades.
Student-athletes earned First-Team USTFCCCA All-America honors by virtue of finishing among the top-eight in their events, including as a member of a relay, at this past weekend’s NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon at Historic Hayward Field. Second-Team All-America honors go to those who finish ninth through 16th and Honorable Mention is 17th through 24th.
2016 Outdoor Track & Field Championships Notes
- New Mexico’s Courtney Frerichs captured the 3000-Meter Steeplechase title, setting a new collegiate record in the process with a time of 9:24.41. The senior earned the 15th individual championship on the women’s side in MW history and the first since Emma Bates (Boise State) and Shanieka Thomas (San Diego State) each won a title in 2014. Frerichs is the fourth MW student-athlete to win the steeplechase title.
- In the women’s 10,000-Meter Run, the Mountain West had three student-athletes place in the top eight as sophomore Alice Wright of New Mexico finished second followed by Air Force senior Hannah Everson in third and freshman Brenna Peloquin of Boise State in eighth. It is the first time the Conference has had three, top-eight finishers in the 10,000-Meter Run.
- San Diego State sophomore Ashley Henderson bested the Mountain West all-time record in the 100-Meter Dash with a time of 10.96. Henderson matched the highest finish in Conference history in the event with a second-place mark.
- Fresno State’s Annemarie Schwanz’s finished seventh in the 1500-Meter Run, marking the highest finish in the event for a MW runner since 2003.
- Peloquin collected first-team honors in both the 5000 and 10,000-Meter Runs.
- Wright earned her second-consecutive first-team nod in the 10,000-Meter Run.
- Henderson garnered first-team accolades in the 100-Meter Dash and 4x100-Meter Relay and a second-team honor in the 200-Meter Dash.
- Colorado State sophomore Mostafa Hassan broke the Mountain West all-time record in the Shot Put with a heave of 20.19 meters en route to a third-place finish and a First-Team All-America honor.
- After placing 16th in the Pole Vault in 2015, Air Force senior Dylan Bell improved by 10 spots to finish sixth and earn First-Team All-America accolades.
- Air Force senior Patrick Corona collected his first-career First-Team All-America honor thanks to an eighth-place finish in the 5000-Meter Run.