March 29, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - By recording the top two pole vault clearances in Academy history, senior Cale Simmons and sophomore Joey Uhle paced several members of the Air Force track and field team today (March 29) during competition at the 86th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin.
Simmons cleared an Academy-record 18'4¾" to take third in the A-section of the pole vault. In addition to breaking his own Academy standard by three inches, Simmons also accounted for the best clearance in Mountain West Conference history. The senior team captain, who also improved his own Academy Class Record, cleared the record-breaking height on his first attempt.
With a clearance of 18'1", Uhle became the third Air Force vaulter in Academy history to surpass the 18-foot bar, while moving into second on the program's all-time list and taking over the Sophomore Class Record. With a mark that tied for the fourth-best clearance of the day, Uhle finished ninth overall in the A-section. Adding nearly seven inches to his previous best mark, which occurred last year at Mike A. Myers Stadium, Uhle joined Simmons on the Mountain West's all-time list, as he debuted in a tie for third.
Sophomore Kobi Rex matched his season-best clearance of 6'10¾" to finish ninth in the B-section of the high jump. Rex, who cleared the opening two bars on his first attempt, tied for the second-best clearance of the day with his height of 6'10¾" - a mark that is just a quarter-inch shy of his personal-best.
Junior Kassie Gurnell recorded a clearance of 40'1½" to place 13th in the A-section of the triple jump
The Falcons competed in just one running event today, as the quartet of senior Uzor Udensi, classmate Anthony Delgado, sophomore Jake Spuller and freshman Gavin McHenry competed in the 4x100-meter relay. The group combined for a time of 41.68 to finish fifth in their heat and 23rd overall.
The Falcons conclude competition at the Texas Relays tomorrow (Saturday, March 30) with the 4x200-meter relay at 12:15 p.m. (CST).