The freshman pole vaulter matched the sixth-best clearance in the NCAA.
Bell equaled the best collegiate height of the PV Summit at 17'4½".
Joey Uhle won the pole vault with the seventh-best clearance in Academy history.
The meet will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cadet Field House.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2012-13: Recorded the seventh-best indoor pole vault clearance in Academy history (17'5½") to finish third at the Air Force Team Challenge...first cleared the 17-foot mark at the National Pole Vault Summit, placing third with a height of 17'4½"...named Mountain West Athlete of the Week following that meet...also surpassed the 17-foot mark with a second-place finish (17'0¾") at the Air Force Invitational...placed fourth at the MW Indoor Championships (16'10¾")...ranked 29th in the nation for the final indoor rankings with 17'5½" clearance...received "Standout" distinction from the team twice during the indoor season...recorded an outdoor-best height of 16'7¼" at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays...claimed four third-place finishes during the outdoor season (Jerry Quiller Classic, Air Force Relays, Air Force Triangular, Air Force Twilight Open...also scored for the Falcons at the MW Outdoor Championships, after finishing seventh (16'0 ¾").
HIGH SCHOOL: Alvarado High School...state champion in the pole vault at the Texas 3A state meet as a senior...state runner-up as a junior...two-time runner-up at the Texas Relays...clearance of 17'2¾" achieved at the 2012 Texas Relays was ranked second in the national among high school athletes...finished fourth at the New Balance Indoor Nationals...set a new meet record in the pole vault at the Air Force High School Invitational...graduated in the top-five percent of class...named to the A Honor Roll...received the Academic Excellence Award...member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Full name is Dylan Thomas Bell...nickname is "Deon"...son of Toby and Cathy Bell...father pole vaulted at Texas A&M University and Odessa College...has one older brother, Spencer, who is a 2010 Academy graduate and current first lieutenant in the Air Force...also has one younger brother, Trey...majoring in economics...future plans include becoming a pilot...served as Coach and IT Clerk...named squadron's Nightrider of the Month in April 2013 ...hobbies include marching, watching TV, watching movies, eating Skittles, going to In-N-Out Burger, watching Netflix, jumping on the trampoline, road trips, gymnastics, diving, CQ, mountain biking, being Jerry Peer's roommate, golfing, dancing, economics, napping, being from Texas, listing to music, drawing pictures during class, telling stories, drinking protein powder, lifting weight, running, climbing and hiking...partial organizer of the 'Managers vs. Vaulters Olympiad', member of the 2.0 Club, member of the 17-Foot Club ("and soon-to-be member of the 18-Foot Club")...proud member of the Pole Vault Character Development Program (PVCDP)...member of the 2012-13 Wolfpack - eternal rival to the Kitty Litter...completed Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) over the summer...also took an academic class, played golf and traveled home...would like to add that "Cale Simmons, Rob Simmons, Chase Cooper, Elliott Beski and Cort Rogers have molder me into the cadet that I am today. PVCDP4LYFE"...favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 16:9 and Philippians 4:13...member of Cadet Squadron 18.