Air Force Pair Recognized with All-America Status
Cale Simmons

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).

Based on their performances at last week's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, junior Cale Simmons was awarded first-team distinction, while senior Jim Walmsley earned second-team accolades.

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).

Jim Walmsley

Competing in just his fifth steeplechase event on June 9, Walmsley finished 12th (8:57.99) to claim All-America status. He is the third Air Force athlete to earn All-America distinction in the 3000-meter steeplechase, joining Shane Rogers (2001) and Justin Tyner (2011). With the certificate, Walmsley became just the sixth Air Force athlete to claim All-American distinction in a running event.

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.



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