Cale Simmons Recognized with All-America Status
March 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Air Force junior Cale Simmons was awarded first-team All-America status by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the USTFCCCA office announced this afternoon (March 12). It is the first such award for Simmons.
Simmons recorded a pole vault clearance of 17'10½" to finish fifth at the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, March 9, in Nampa, Idaho.
He is one of three pole vaulters in Academy history to earn All-America honors in the pole vault during the indoor season, joining Paul Gensic (2004, 2005) and Nick Frawley (2009). Simmons' fifth-place finish at the national meet is the best since Gensic placed third in 2005.
He was also one of six men from the Mountain West to earn All-America accolades ... and one of just three to claim first-team distinction.
In all, 272 men earned distinction as a first- or second-team USTFCCCA All-American at the recent indoor championships. Any athlete that claimed a scoring finish (a share of first through eighth) was awarded first-team status, while those placing ninth through 16th were named second-team selections.