Dylan Bell
 
Dylan  Bell

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Alvarado, Texas

High School:
Alvarado

Height:
6-3

Event:
Pole Vault

02/09/2016

Dylan Bell Claims Second MW Award of the Season

Bell set a new program record with the sixth conference award of his career.

12/15/2015

Dylan Bell Named MW Athlete of the Week

It is the fifth weekly conference honor of Bell's career.

06/15/2015

Dylan Bell, Zach Perkins Earn All-America Status

The duo earned All-America status, while Hannah Everson was Honorable Mention.

03/16/2015

Dylan Bell Earns First Career All-America Award

Dylan Bell claimed second-team honors and Joey Uhle collected honorable mention status.

01/20/2015

Dylan Bell Nabs Second MW Athlete of the Week Award

This is the second award of the indoor season for Bell, who also earned the award in December.


JUNIOR YEAR | 2014-15: Earned All-America honors in the pole vault during both the indoor and outdoor seasons...two-time all-conference selection...impacted the Academy record book during both seasons...became the sixth vaulter in program history to clear 18 feet during the indoor season...registered a career-best height of 18’0½” to win the Air Force Holiday Open...that height is ranked fourth on the Academy’s all-time list...earned the Mountain West Field Athlete of the Week award following that meet...that height led the nation (all divisions) during the first month of the season...concluded the regular season ranked ninth in the NCAA...added another first-place finish at the Holiday Inn Invitational (17’5”)...received MW Field Athlete of the Week honors again after that meet...cleared 17’0¾” to finish second at the MW Indoor Championships...claimed second-team All-America status after tying for 11th at the NCAA Indoor Championships (17’0¾”)...matched career-best outdoor clearance of 17’6½” to tie for 10th at the NCAA Championships (West Preliminary) and qualify to the national finals...that height is ranked seventh on the Academy’s all-time list...posted highest clearance of the regular season (17’5½”) during a winning performance at the Air Force Twilight Open...that height was ranked within the NCAA’s Top 25...also earned a first-place finish at the Jack Christiansen Invitational (17’1¾”)...finished third at the MW Outdoor Championships (16’3½”)...cleared 16’10¾” to tie for 16th at the NCAA Championships, earning second-team All-America honors...collected top-four finishes during 10 of 13 regular season competitions...earned the team’s Field Athlete of the Week award three times (twice indoors, once outdoors).

SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2013-14: Mountain West champion in the indoor pole vault...shared the conference title with teammate Joey Uhle after both cleared 17'7" and were unable to break the tie during a jump-off...participant at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (West Preliminary)...two-time all-conference selection...ranked among the nation’s top 25 during both the indoor and outdoor regular seasons...improved #7 standing on the Academy’s all-time indoor list following the 17'7" clearance at the conference meet...named the Mountain West Athlete of the Week following a runner-up finish at the New Mexico Invitational...posted a (then) career-best height of 17'6½" at that meet...debuted in eighth on the program’s all-time list during the outdoor season...recorded a personal-best clearance of 17'6½" to win the Air Force Relays...also won the pole vault at the Jack Christiansen Invitational...finished second at the MW Championships with a height of 17'1"...cleared 17'3" to finish 14th at the NCAA West Preliminary...earned the team’s Field Athlete of the Week on two occasions.

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 (16'0¾").

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 “Daddy”…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 an officer in the Air Force...served as Element Leader and Honor Staff...named to the Athletic Director’s List...named Nightrider of the Month on two occasions (April 2013, February 2014)...hobbies include skydiving, rock climbing, bouldering, Frisbee golf, golf, snapchatting, social media updating, private flight, tracking, watching movies, blackjack, building giant waterslides, mowing lawns, reading about space, dancing, Netflix and chilling...worked as a Falcon Sports Camp counselor and BCT Assistant Flight Commander over the summer...also traveled to home to Fort Worth, Texas, and “grew out a very dusty mustache that scared many children”…favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 16:9 and Philippians 4:13...would like to add that “every year, my mom makes me delicious cheeseburgers on my birthday and it’s the highlight of my year; she puts sharp cheddar inside of the 80/20 chuck and they are good”…member of Cadet Squadron 18.

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