June 8, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Air Force junior Cale Simmons tied for fifth in the pole vault at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, June 8, in Des Moines, Iowa. With a height of 17'8½", Simmons tied for the fourth-best clearance of the day.
Simmons, who also placed fifth in that event at the NCAA Indoor Championships, became the third Air Force vaulter to finish within the top five at the national outdoor meet.
After passing on the opening three heights, Simmons entered the competition at 17'8½". He easily cleared his first attempt at that mark, which moved him into the final nine. He missed his first two attempts at the 18'0½" bar (a height that dwindled the field to five), before passing on his last try. Simmons returned to the runway for his final attempt, taking one chance at the 18'2½" bar - a clearance that would have been a career-best.
Simmons tied for fifth with Liberty senior Kolby Shepherd. Oral Roberts' Jack Whitt won the pole vault title with a clearance of 18'6½", while UCLA's Michael Woepse and Arizona State's Derick Hinch placed second (18'2½") and third (18'0½"), respectively. Harvard's Nico Weiler finished fourth with a matching height of 18'0½", while Simmons and Shepherd rounded out the top five.
The NCAA Outdoor Championships conclude tomorrow (Saturday, June 9) at Drake Stadium. The Falcons will be represented by senior Jim Walmsley, who will compete in the national finals of the 3000-meter steeplechase at 11:52 a.m. (CST).