Joey Uhle Finishes Seventh at NCAA Championships
March 15, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Air Force junior Joey Uhle wrapped up the indoor season on Saturday, March 15, as he placed seventh in the pole vault at the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Clearing a height of 17'8½", the junior captured first-team All-America honors.
Uhle entered the competition on the opening height and cleared 17'0¾" on his second try. He was perfect at the next two bars, surpassing both the 17'4½" and 17'8½" heights on his first attempts. The bar was raised to 17'10½", but Uhle was unable to clear that bar (a mark that would've matched his indoor best) and was one of four vaulters to exit the competition at that height. Uhle, who entered the meet ranked 16th in the field, placed seventh overall with his final clearance of 17'8½".
Akron sophomore Shawn Barber won the 2014 title with a Canadian Record clearance of 18'10¼", while Mississippi junior Sam Kendricks took second with a height of 18'8¼". Memphis junior Pauls Pujats and Arkansas junior Andrew Irwin recorded matching clearances of 18'0½" to finish third and fourth, respectively, while Eastern Michigan senior Max Babits rounded out the top five with a mark of 17'10½".
With the indoor season now complete, the Falcons head outdoors, traveling to Tempe, Ariz., and Boulder, Colo., over the March 21-22 weekend.