FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With an 11th-place finish in the pole vault, junior Dylan Bell paced Air Force at the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships this evening (March 13) in Fayetteville, Ark. Bell was one of two Air Force vaulters to compete in the national meet.
The junior entered the competition on the opening height of 17’0¾” and cleared the bar on his second attempt. The bar was raised to 17’4½” with 13 competitors remaining, but Bell was unable to clear that bar. He was one of three competitors to go out at that height and tied with Nebraska’s Steven Cahoy for 11th, based on attempts.
Senior Joey Uhle also competed in the meet, but was unable to clear the opening height of 17’0¾”.
Akron’s Shawn Barber defended his NCAA title with a collegiate-record clearance of 19’4¾”, while Tennessee’s Jake Blankenship finished second with a mark of 19’0¼”. Arkansas’ Andrew Irwin, Washington’s Jax Thoirs and Texas A&M’s Chase Wolfe finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, with matching clearances of 18’0½” to round out the top five.
With the indoor season now complete, the Falcons head outdoors next weekend (March 20-21), when they travel to Boulder, Colo., for the Jerry Quiller Classic.