Air Force Pole Vaulters Head to NCAA Championships
March 6, 2013
Air Force pole vaulters Cale Simmons and Joey Uhle will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend to compete in the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships. The pair will compete in the national finals of the pole vault competition on Friday, March 8, at 5:30 p.m. (CST).
The 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships will take place on Friday-Saturday (March 8-9) at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. The men's pole vault competition is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (CST) on Friday night.
HOW THEY GOT THERE
Senior Cale Simmons is ranked seventh in the NCAA with an Academy-record clearance of 18'2" (a mark that is tied for the fourth-best clearance in the nation this season), while sophomore Joey Uhle, the reigning Mountain West champion, is currently ranked 15th with a career-best 17'9¾" (a mark tied for ninth in the NCAA).
A QUICK BREAKDOWN OF THE FIELD
The pole vault field is comprised of six seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and two freshmen. Six of the 2013 competitors competed at last year's national meet, including Cale Simmons, defending champion Andrew Irvin of Arkansas (ranked second in 2013, 18'4½") and current NCAA leader Jack Whitt of Oral Roberts (18'4¾").
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO ARKANSAS
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 8 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. (EST) and on March 9 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. In addition, a tape delay of the championship will air on Sunday, March 17, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (EST) on ESPNU.
A LOOK AT LAST YEAR'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cale Simmons earned his first All-America accolade at the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships after placing fifth with a clearance of 17'10½".
BENSON, STEFFAN CLAIM REGIONAL COACHING HONORS
Air Force claimed two regional awards from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on March 4, as Juli Benson was named the Mountain Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year and Scott Steffan was named the Mountain Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.
A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON
The regional awards by Juli Benson and Scott Steffan marked the fourth time in program history (and the third time in as many seasons) that Air Force has claimed at least two regional awards in the same season from the USTFCCCA.
MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME
After remaining unchanged during a nine-year span, the Academy record in the women's distance medley relay has earned major rewrites during each of the last two seasons. The quartet of Morgan Mosby, Bethany Gross, Annette Eichenberger and Melissa Fuerst obliterated the program standard at the Alex Wilson Invitational, clocking 11:24.78 to better the old time by nearly 25 seconds. That time came just one year after a quartet that included Mosby and Fuerst knocked three seconds off of the old 2003 time.
MEN CLOCK ACADEMY'S SECOND-FASTEST DMR TIME
The men's distance medley relay quartet of Jake Hawkins, Jake Spuller, Alex Lindsay and Zach Perkins combined for the second-fastest time in Academy history at the Alex Wilson Invitational on March 1, as it crossed the finish line in a time of 9:34.51.
DID YOU KNOW?
It is the third straight year that the men's DMR squad has clocked one of the two fastest times in Academy history at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Over the past three seasons, the Falcons have broke the 9:40 mark with an Academy record in 2011 (9:32.06), the former No. 2 time in 2012 (9:35.28) and the new No. 2 time in 2013 (9:34.51)
QUICK STAT FACT
The men's and women's distance medley relay teams both debuted in the final national rankings on March 5, listed 20th and 44th, respectively. However, based on the top times by each school (deleting multiple entries from the same school), the men finished the season ranked 19th, while the women are listed 28th.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
Alex Lindsay recorded the fifth-fastest 800-meter time in Academy history at the Alex Wilson Invitational on March 2, as he clocked a career-best time of 1:49.93. The time, a seasonal improvement of nearly two seconds, was 16th overall in the 52-runner field at the Loftus Sports Center.
LET'S GO OUTSIDE!
With the indoor season ending this weekend, Air Force will turn its attention outdoors. The Falcons will open the second half of the 2013 season at the Jerry Quiller Classic (formerly the Potts Outdoor Invitational) in Boulder, Colo., on March 15-16.