Melissa Beerse Sets Indoor Record at Pole Vault Summit
Jan. 7, 2008
RENO, Nev. - Clearing a personal-best height of 12'5½", Air Force sophomore Melissa Beerse broke her own Academy indoor pole vault record at the season-opening Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev., on Saturday, Jan. 5. Picking up a fourth-place finish, Beerse was one of three Air Force vaulters to place within the top four of their respective sections.
Beerse cleared her record setting mark to clear the fourth-best height of the sectional - and one of the best finishes of the entire collegiate competition. She topped her previous career-best mark of 12'4 ¼", which she originally set at the Air Force Open.
The women's record book was also impacted by freshman Rachel Simmons, who cleared 12'3½" to finish third in her section. In her collegiate debut, Simmons became only the third female in Academy history to clear the 12-foot mark. After just one meet, she ranks second on the Academy's all-time list. Classmate Rachel Miller cleared 11'1¾" in her first collegiate meet to finish tied for 13th. That mark is seventh on the all-time list.
On the men's side, freshman Nick Frawley posted the second-best mark of his section, clearing 16'10¾" - a mark just shy of his personal-best indoor height - to earn a fourth-place overall finish. Fellow sophomore Myles McDowell cleared 14'5¼", which was the fourth-best height of his group and accounted for a 10th-place overall finish.
The Falcons officially kick off the season on Sunday, Jan. 13, when it hosts the annual Air Force All-Comers Meet at the Academy's Cadet Field House.