Track and Field Claims Three of Air Force's Top-Six Awards
May 28, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Members of the Air Force track and field team comprised half of the Academy's Top-Six award recipients, which were handed out during the Academy's Individual Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 27. Jen Bremser was named the Most Valuable Female Athlete, while Cale Simmons was honored with the Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award and Jeremy Drenckhahn was the recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award.
Following a stellar senior season, Bremser became the sixth track and field athlete to earn the Academy's Most Valuable Female Athlete Award. She broke two Academy records, including one that had stood since 1990. With a record-setting time of 9:40.73, she cut over one second from the previous record that Callie Calhoun had held since 1990 and accounted for the program's best finish in any individual running event at the MW Indoor Championships (second). The senior, who broke her own Academy record in the 3000-meter steeplechase twice this season (10:26.31) and became the program's first-ever all-MW selection in that event.
A national finalist for his fourth NCAA Championship meet, Simmons is the third Air Force athlete to earn the department's Athletic Achievement award. He reset his own Academy records in the pole vault during both the indoor and outdoor seasons, highlighted by a new Mountain West all-time clearance of 18'4¾" at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. He captured his second straight title at the MW Outdoor Championships, while pacing the Falcons to five of the top-seven finishes. Simmons also garnered all-conference honors during the indoor season, while breaking his own Academy standard with an 18'2" clearance at the Air Force Team Challenge.
Drenckhahn became the 11th track and field athlete to earn the Scholar-Athlete award. A recipient of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, The runner-up in the 10,000-meter run at the MW Outdoor Championships, Drenckhahn clocked the fifth-fastest 10K time in Academy history (29:28.81) at the Mt. SAC Relays. A four-time academic all-conference selection for both cross country and track/field, Drenckhahn is on pace for his fourth straight MW Scholar-Athlete distinction in both sports. He is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic team member (2010 cross country, 2011 track and field), two-time all-conference selection in cross country and an all-MW honoree in track.
The Athletic Top-Six awards, selected by the senior members of the USAFA athletic department, are given to Air Force's top performers from across the Academy's 27 sports. The remaining Top-Six awards were Most Valuable Male Athlete (Mike Lyons, men's basketball), Athletic Excellence (Cole VonOhlen, wrestling) and Athletic Leadership (Kevin Durr, men's soccer).