July 29, 2010
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Pole vaulter Joel Nolan, a 2010 graduate of the Air Force Academy, was named to the Men's Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Thursday, July 29. It is the first such honor for Nolan, who graduated with a 3.49 grade-point-average in behavioral science.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or participated in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds) in their respective event.
He was one of a record 358 student-athletes from 119 institutions to earn All-Academic Team honors.
Nolan moved into the top-10 of the program's all-time pole vault list during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. During the outdoor season, he moved into a sixth on the all-time list, while scoring for the Falcons at the MWC Championships. He also tied for sixth during the indoor season, as he became the eighth Falcon to ever clear the 17-foot bar. He was honored with the program's General Tad Oelstrom Award for Excellence, which is awarded to the one senior on the combined roster who excels athletically, academically and militarily.
The senior, who recorded a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 17'0¾" during the indoor season, also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, but did not compete in the semifinals, as the pole vault competition conflicted with his wedding.
Nolan was joined on the All-Academic Team list by rising juniors Paige Blackburn and Kimber Shealy, who were named to the women's team yesterday. The three cadet-athletes selected are the second-most in a single season during the past five years.