June 14, 2010
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Air Force senior Nick Frawley became the Academy's most decorated Division I All-American, as the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its 2010 award recipients on Monday, June 14. With his fourth All-America trophy, Frawley has earned more awards than any other athlete in Air Force history.
Frawley tied for third in the pole vault at this year's championship meet, with a season-best clearance of 17'4½". It is the third consecutive year that Frawley has claimed All-America status at the outdoor championship meet. The third-place finish is his best placement since taking second in 2008.
With outdoor awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010, as well as the indoor award in 2009, Frawley has claimed four All-America awards throughout his outstanding four-year career. That total is the most by any Division I athlete in Academy history.
Senior Sara Neubauer also claimed All-America status, following a seventh-place finish in the discus throw. Neubauer, who earned a pair of awards at the 2009 championships (discus throw, shot put) recorded a distance of 172'9" to match her best finish at the NCAA Championship meet. Neubauer's three All-America awards are tied for the second-most in Division I history.
Frawley and Neubauer have now both claimed three outdoor All-America awards - tying with former standout Dana Pounds for the most all-time.
In addition, the pair joined junior Justin Tyner, who earned All-America honors in the 5000-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, as Air Force's 2010 award recipients. It is the first-time ever that three different Falcons have earned Division I All-America honors in a single year.
Frawley's honor marked the fifth time that an Air Force vaulter has claimed outdoor All-America honors and the eighth time overall. Neubauer's certificate in the discus throw marked the third time at the Division I level and the fifth time overall that a member of the Falcons' program has earned a top-eight finish in that event.
Neubauer and Frawley were two of 10 Mountain West Conference athletes to earn All-America status, joining Blaine Baker (BYU), Richard Nelson (BYU), Sean Richardson (BYU) and Lee Emanuel (New Mexico) on the men's side and Mindy McClurkin (BYU), Kristen Hemphill (Colorado State), Deanna Young (New Mexico) and Neidra Covington (TCU) on the women's side.
In all, 428 individuals accumulated for 523 All-America certificates.