USAF ACADEMY, Colo. — Senior Justin Tyner of Brainerd was named the most valuable athlete of the men's program on Monday as the Air Force Academy track and field team honored its senior class.
The senior co-captain claimed first-team All-America honors for the second straight year, after placing fifth in the 3000-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He also ran the anchor leg of the distance medley relay team that garnered second-team All-America honors.
Tyner won Mountain West Conference titles in the 3000- and 5000-meter races, en route to earning the league's High Point Award. He also ran the final leg of the DMR team that shattered the Academy record at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
His success continued outdoors, where he won a MWC title in the 5000-meter run with a stadium-record time, posted an Academy record in the 1500-meter run and clocked the nation's second-fastest 3000-meter steeplechase time.
He also received the Alonzo Babers Performance Award.
Tyner, the MVP of the men's cross country team, was named the MWC Athlete of the Week on two occasions this spring. Highlighted by the third-fastest collegiate steeplechase time in the nation, he’s ranked among the nation's top 30 in the steeplechase, 1500- and 5000-meter runs.
Tyner will travel to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Outdoor Championships (West Preliminary) Thursday through Saturday.