Feb. 12, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force senior Cale Simmons was named the Mountain West Men's Indoor Track and Field co-Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced today (Feb. 12). It is the fourth career honor for Simmons, who also claimed two indoor honors as a sophomore and one outdoor award as a junior.
Simmons broke his own Academy record in the pole vault at the Air Force Team Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 9, as he cleared a career-best height of 18'2". The mark, which currently leads the conference by nearly seven inches, is ranked third in the NCAA this season. It is also the third-best indoor clearance in Mountain West history.
The senior team captain tied for the top height of the day at the AFTC, en route to a new meet record, while finishing second based on attempts in the 23-competitor field. His 18'2" clearance is also a new Class Record for the Academy, adding 1.50-feet to the previous Senior mark that had stood since 2005.
The native of Rocklin, Calif., is the third Air Force pole vaulter to capture MW Athlete of the Week honors this season, joining Joey Uhle (Jan. 15) and Dylan Bell (Jan. 22). Simmons shared the men's Feb. 12 honor with New Mexico's Luke Caldwell, while San Diego State's Shanieka Thomas was selected as the MW Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week.
Air Force will head to Golden, Colo., for the Joe Davies Open on Saturday, Feb. 16. It will be the Falcons' final tune-up before they travel to Boise, Idaho for the 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 21-23.