RENO, Nev. – Freshman Dylan Bell recorded the fifth-best pole vault clearance in Academy history, as four members of the Air Force pole vault team concluded competition at the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev., on Saturday, Jan. 19.
The freshman cleared a career-best 17’4½” to finish third in the opening section of the men’s collegiate pole vault at the Reno Livestock Center. Bell’s height, a personal improvement of eight inches, matched the best clearance of the day by any collegiate athlete.
Sophomore Joey Uhle tied for eighth in the same section, with a height of 16’4¾”.
In the women’s pole vault, freshman Riley Vann cleared 11’5¾” to place eighth in the second group of collegiate vaulters, while classmate Morgan Horn tied for third in the third section with a height of 10’4″.
Air Force returns to action next week, when it hosts the annual Air Force Invitational on Jan. 24-26 at the Academy’s Cadet Field House Indoor Track. Competition begins on Thursday with the heptathlon and pentathlon.