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Maria Mettler Honored by Sportswomen of Colorado – Air Force Academy Athletics

DENVER, Colo. – Air Force senior Maria Mettler was named the 2021 Sportswomen of Colorado award winner in track, the Denver-based organization announced this evening (April 20) during its annual award ceremony. Mettler was one of 12 female athletes honored for their sport-specific achievements during the 2020 season.
Mettler, a Colorado Springs native, had an impressive indoor campaign on the track in 2020 – capturing All-America honors in the 5000-meter run and a Mountain West title in the 3000-meter run. She registered the second-fastest times in Academy history in both events, as she clocked a 5000-meter time of 15:49.58 to finish as the top collegiate at the Iowa State Classic and a 3000-meter time of 9:12.10 (adjusted for altitude) during her conference-winning run. Her 5000-meter time was ranked 12th in the NCAA during the 2020 season and secured her a spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Mettler, who earned the team’s MVP award last year, also impacted the Academy Record Book in the mile, recording the sixth-fastest time in program history (4:52.28a) during a winning run at the Air Force Invitational. She bookended her impressive 2020 indoor season with All-America cross country honors in the fall of 2019 and an Academy Record 10,000-meter run of 32:09.37 in December of 2020.
This marks the third time that a member of the Falcons’ track and field team has been recognized by the Sportswomen of Colorado, although Mettler is the first runner to earn the distinction. The organization, which annually honors Colorado’s top female athletes and contributors to girls and women’s athletics, celebrated its 2020 and 2021 honorees during tonight’s virtual celebration, which was recorded on the campus of MSU Denver.


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