June 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Two members of the Air Force track and field team were honored with All-America status by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the national office announced this morning (June 12).
With a fifth-place finish in the pole vault (17'8½") on June 8, Simmons claimed his second All-America award of the year, earning first-team honors as one of the top-eight finishers. The junior, who also finished fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, became just the third Air Force vaulter to earn All-America distinction at both the indoor and outdoor championships in the same year.
Simmons is the Academy's fourth pole vaulter to earn All-America distinction during the outdoor season, joining Marcus Nichols (1996, ninth), Paul Gensic (2004, fourth) and Nick Frawley (2008, second; 2009, seventh; 2010, third).
In just five career races at that distance, Walmsley won the Mountain West title, recorded the third-fastest time in Academy history and secured All-America honors.
They were two of six men and one relay squad from the Mountain West to earn All-America accolades, while Simmons was one of four to claim first-team distinction.
Any athlete that claimed a scoring finish (a share of first through eighth) at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (June 6-9) was awarded first-team status, while those placing ninth through 16th were named second-team selections. In addition, athletes who advanced to the final site in Des Moines, Iowa, but did not place within the top 16 were awarded honorable mention accolades.