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.
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...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 management...hobbies include pole vault, exercise and spending time with family and friends..."Unlike a lot of other athletes, my sport is my passion. I actually enjoy it"...has several nicknames: called Dylan by family, "TooTall" by Texas jumpers and "Deon" by teammates...favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 16:9 and Philippians 4:13...member of Cadet Squadron 18.