June 10, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Air Force sophomores Zach Perkins and Joey Uhle were awarded All-America status by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this afternoon (June 10). Based on their performances at last week's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Perkins earned first-team status, while Uhle claimed second-team accolades.
With the runner-up finish in the 1500-meter run on Saturday, June 8, Perkins became the first runner in Academy history to garner All-America status in that event. The sophomore, who clocked a program- record 3:41.46 in the semifinal race on June 6, used a strong final kick to take second in the championship race with a tactical-race time of 3:50.39 - just 0.14 seconds behind the meet winner.
While the Falcons have claimed three All-America citations in the steeplechase over the last decade, Perkins is the program's first outdoor All-American in a flat running event since Eric Mack in the 5000-meter run at the 1996 meet.
Uhle, an All-American at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, claimed his second distinction of the season on Wednesday, June 5, when he placed 11th in the finals of the pole vault. The sophomore cleared 17'8½", which tied for the sixth-best clearance of the day.
Uhle is the fifth Air Force pole vaulter to claim All-America distinction at the outdoor meet, joining Marcus Nichols (1996), Paul Gensic (2004), Nick Frawley (2008-09-10) and Cale Simmons (2012).
Air Force had two of the six Mountain West men to earn first- or second-team All-America status. In all, 12 conference athletes and one relay team earned first- or second-team distinction, while another nine received honorable mention.