Mountain West Outdoor Championships start Wednesday
2012-13 Indoor: Earned sixth place in the 3,000-meter run in 9:38.92 at the Potts Invite ... achieved a 9:02.22 in the 3,000-meter for fifth place at the AF Team Challenge. Outdoor:
Competed in the 800-meter run at the Cowpoke Open, achieving a career-best 2:06.45 for fourth place at the meet ... placed 12th in the 1,500-meter in 4:10.13 at the Jack Christiansen Invite ... finished ninth in the 1,500-meter at the Fum McGraw Quad before placing 11th in the 5,000-meter in 16:37.83 ... opened the outdoor season with the 3,000-meter at the Tom Benich Invite, running a 9:10.47 for fifth place ... named a 2012-13 MW Scholar-Athlete.
Had a strong indoor season as he placed sixth in the 5,000-meter run at the AF Invite ... also competed in the 3,000-meter run at the MW Championships where he finished 21st and helped the distance medley to a sixth-place mark ... during the outdoor season, came in third place in the 3,000-meter run at the Front Range Classic and had a fifth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run at the Snowball Meet ... also came in fifth in the 5,000-meter run at the Fum McGraw meet.
Finished in the top 10 in his events on four occasions during the indoor season ... set three personal records during the outdoor season along with three top-10 finishes ... an Academic All-Conference pick, along with a Scholar-Athlete award.
Earned a letter and showed his ability early at the Wyoming Cross Country Invitational, nabbing 23rd in the event with a time of 23:36 ... also finished 40th at the MW Championships, finishing in 27:22 ... named to the Academic All-MW team for his work in the classroom.
A four-year letterman in football, wrestling, and track and field ... in track and field, was the state champion in the 3,200-meter run his senior year ... during his wrestling career was a state champion twice and currently holds the state record in career wins and career pins ... was the student council president, the National Honor Society president and had a 4.0 GPA throughout high school.
Born in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Kari and Bill Gifford ... majoring in kinesiology and health promotion.
Gifford's Bests: Indoor
1200m run - 3:26.08 (2011)
3000m run - 8:44.94 (2012)
5000m run - 15:26.65 (2012)
800m run - 2:06.45 (2013)
1500m run - 4:05.95 (2011)
3000m run - 8:53.13 (2011)
3000m steeple - 10:05.89 (2011)
5000m run - 15:38.97 (2012)