June 12, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - After a long, weather-delayed day, Air Force junior Nick Frawley claimed All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the pole vault during the third day of competition (June 12) at the 2009 NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Frawley cleared a height of 17'6½" for the third All-America accolade of his career (one indoor, two outdoor).
Frawley missed the first two attempts at his opening height of 17'2¾", but responded with a clutch performance to clear the height on his final attempt. That trend continued, as they raised the bar to 17'6½". Unable to clear the first two attempts, Frawley switched to another pole and cleared the bar on his final chance.
As one of the final nine competitors, Frawley attempted a personal-best clearance of 17'10½", but was unable to convert. Not counting the tie-breaking procedures, his final clearance of 17'6½" was the fourth-best height of the meet. In addition, that mark is the second-best height of Frawley's outdoor career, falling only behind the 17'7" mark he set two weeks ago at the Midwest regional meet.
Rice's Jason Colwick, the 2009 indoor champion, won the outdoor title with a clearance of 18'8¼".
With his seventh-place finish, Frawley claimed his second outdoor All-America award in as many years and the third overall in as many meets (counting the indoor and outdoor seasons). He becomes just the third Falcon to claim outdoor Division I All-America status multiple times, joining Dana Pounds (2004-05-06) and Marcus Nichols (twice in 1996).
Frawley is the second Air Force athlete to earn All-America honors at this year's championships, as classmate Sara Neubauer claimed a certificate in the shot put yesterday. It is the first time since 2006 that the Falcons have earned multiple All-America honors at the same championship meet and just the second time ever (1996, Marcus Nichols and Eric Mack).
The meet was delayed several hours, as a severe storm system brought heavy rains, lightning and tornado warnings to the Fayetteville area. Instead of competing at the originally scheduled start time of 3:45 p.m. (CDT), the pole vault didn't begin until 8:30 p.m., and under the lights of John McDonnell Stadium.
The 2009 NCAA Championships wrap up tomorrow (Saturday, June 13), as Sara Neubauer competes in her second final of the weekend. The junior, who earned All-America status with an eighth-place finish in the shot put, will compete in the discus throw at 12 p.m.