Mountain West Names Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week

April 3, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Air Force junior Cale Simmons has been selected as the Mountain West Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week, while TCU senior Whitney Gipson has been named MW Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week.

Simmons, a product of Rocklin, Calif., finished third overall in the men’s pole vault at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays last weekend, clearing a program-record tying mark of 18’-5.00” (5.50m). His vault is tied for the third-best clearance in Mountain West history and currently ranks first in the MW and third in the nation during the 2012 outdoor season. Simmons is the first Falcon since 2004 to clear an 18-foot bar during outdoor competition.

Gipson, hailing from North Richland Hills, Texas, posted the second-best women’s long jump performance in Mountain West history last weekend at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, leaping a wind-aided mark of 21’-10.75” (6.67m). Gipson hit her top jump on her third attempt to finish third overall in the field. Her mark currently ranks second in the Mountain West and second in the nation during the 2012 outdoor season.