April 2, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Following his record-setting performance in the pole vault this past weekend, Air Force senior Cale Simmons was named the Mountain West Men's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced today (April 2). It is the fifth career honor for the Rocklin, Calif., native.
Simmons cleared a career-best 18'4¾" in the pole vault at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday, March 29, breaking his own Academy record by three inches and setting a new Mountain West all-time mark. The senior team captain now holds both the MW all-time and championship-meet (18'1¾", at the 2012 MW Outdoor Championships) records. His clearance, which he set on his first attempt at that bar, leads the conference and is ranked fourth in the NCAA this season.
With the fifth MW Athlete of the Week award of his career (three indoors, two outdoors), Simmons has now claimed more weekly track and field awards from the conference office than any other Air Force athlete. He shared the current April 2 honor with New Mexico's Charlotte Arter, who was selected as the MW Women's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week.
The Falcons open the home portion of their outdoor season this weekend with the second-annual Air Force Relays and Combined Events Meet. The three-day meet will run from Thursday (April 4) to Saturday (April 6) at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex.