NEW ORLEANS, La. - Air Force junior Justin Tyner of Brainerd was one of 366 student-athletes to earn All-America honors, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Monday.
Collecting his first All-America certificate, Tyner became the 11th member of the Air Force men's program to earn a qualifying spot at the national indoor meet.
He was the top American finisher, and finished third overall, in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Division I Indoor track and field championships last weekend. Tyner crossed the finish line in an Academy- and Mountain West Conference-record time of 13:41.26.
His time shattered the 2-week-old program standard of 13:52.47 (adjusted for altitude) that Tyner set in his runner-up performance at the Mountain West Conference Championships. That time is also the fastest ever by a Mountain West Conference runner, bettering the previous time by more than four seconds.
Starting near the back of the pack in the 25-lap race, Tyner picked his way through the field of runners, moving into the top eight with a few laps left. On the back stretch of the final lap, the junior got around New Mexico's Chris Barnicle to take third and never looked back, claiming third, and the top American spot, by more than two seconds.
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