Cale Simmons Places Fifth at NCAA Indoor Championships

March 9, 2012

BOISE, Idaho - Air Force junior Cale Simmons finished fifth in the pole vault at the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, March 9, in Boise, Idaho. With a height of 17'10½", Simmons tied for the third-best clearance of the day.

The fifth-place finish by Simmons is the best placement for Air Force in that event at the indoor championships since Paul Gensic placed third in at the 2005 NCAA Championships.

After passing on the opening height of 17'0¾", Simmons easily cleared his first attempt at the 17'4½" mark. He also cleared his first try of the 17'8½" bar and was the only vaulter not to have recorded a "miss" throughout the first three rounds.

With nine vaulters remaining after the 17'8½" bar that ended the night for seven competitors, Simmons cleared the 17'10½" bar on his second attempt to advance to the final five. Unable to clear the bar at 18'0½", Simmons finished the competition with a height of 17'10½" - a mark that is tied for his second-best clearance of the season.

Arkansas freshman Andrew Irwin, the top-ranked vaulter in the final national rankings, won his first NCAA title with a clearance of 18'2½". South Carolina's Marvin Reitze and Oral Roberts' Jack Whitt finished second and third, respectively, with matching marks of 18'0½", while Notre Dame's Kevin Schipper (fourth) and Simmons (fifth) rounded out the top five with heights of 17'10½".

With the indoor season complete, the Falcons open the outdoor season on March 23-24 in Tempe, Ariz.