Cale Simmons to Represent Academy at NCAA Championships
March 7, 2012
Air Force pole vaulter Cale Simmons will travel to Nampa, Idaho, to compete in the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend (March 9-10). The junior, recently named the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Male Field Athlete of the Year, will be making his first appearance at the national championship meet at 6:30 p.m., on Friday evening.
The 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships will take place on March 9-10 at Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho. The two-day meet begins at 10 a.m. on Friday and continues until 9:25 p.m. that night. Saturday's action begins at 10:30 a.m. and continues until the awards ceremony at 9:05 p.m. The men's pole vault will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night.
HOW HE GOT THERE
Cale Simmons earned an automatic berth to the national championship meet on Feb. 11, when he recorded an Academy-record, NCAA Auto clearance of 18'1¼". Simmons, one of just three juniors in the 17-member national competition, is currently ranked second in the nation. An updated bio can be found on page 2 of the release.
In addition to Cale Simmons' No. 2 national ranking, his twin brother Rob Simmons is ranked 11th behind a career-best pole vault clearance of 17'8½" at the Blue and Silver Open. However, he is recovering from an injury and will not compete at the national meet.
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT IDAHO
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 9 from 7:30-11:45 p.m. (EST) and on March 10 from 8:00-11:15 p.m. (EST). NCAA.com and broncosports.com will stream what ESPN3 is not covering on Friday (12:00-7:30 p.m. EST) and Saturday (12:30-8:00 p.m. EST). In addition, a tape delay of the championship will air on Sunday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on ESPNU.
DUO CLAIMS REGIONAL AWARDS
Air Force claimed two regional awards from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on March 5. Ralph Lindeman was voted as the Mountain Region Men's Head Coach of the Year, while Cale Simmons was selected as the Mountain Region Male Field Athlete of the Year.
A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON
Cale Simmons is the second pole vaulter to claim regional honors by the USTFCCCA, joining Nick Frawley, who captured the same honor during the 2009 indoor season. It is also the second time in program history that the Falcons have claimed two regional awards in the same season, joining Sara Neubauer (regional female field athlete of the year) and Scott Irving (regional women's assistant coach of the year) during the 2010 outdoor season.
MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME
After remaining unchanged for 35 years, the Academy Record for the men's 4x400-meter relay has been rewritten twice in the last two weeks. Manny Smith, Anthony Delgado, Jake Spuller and Bryce Bergman, who shattered the old standard by one second last weekend at the conference championships, clocked a new Academy-record time of 3:10.52 at the Alex Wilson Invitational on March 3.
With a combined time of 9:35.28, the distance medley relay team of Alex Zubey, Anthony Delgado, Alex Lindsay and Jim Walmsley recorded the second-fastest time in Academy history at Notre Dame on March 2. The quartet became just the second relay squad in Academy history to better the 9:40-mark.
DID YOU KNOW?
After running the 400-meter leg of the distance medley relay at the Alex Wilson Invitational, Anthony Delgado now holds a share of the two fastest DMR times in Academy history, as he ran the 400-meter leg of the squad that set the program's all-time mark of 9:32.06 at the same meet in 2011.
WHAT'S ON DECK
With the indoor season ending this weekend, the Falcons will turn their attention outdoors. Air Force will travel to Tempe, Ariz., on March 23-24, for the Arizona State Invitational at Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium. The hammer throw and 5000-meter races will take place on Friday (March 23), while all other events will take place on Saturday (March 24).