Robert Caldwell

Robert Caldwell

Player Profile


Socorro, N.M.

High School:
Socorro HS


Pole Vault



Indoor All-American, 2-time NCAA Championship qualifier, all-MWC


2006 Indoor All-American and MWC Indoor runner-up who returns to competition after redshirting the 2007 indoor and outdoor seasons...qualified for both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in `07 and is a 3-time NCAA regional qualifier...has made dramatic strides since arriving on campus, improving by over 2 feet since joining the program in 2003.

2007: (indoor/outdoor) Redshirted both seasons.

2006: (outdoor) Was hampered much of the spring by injury, but showed tremendous toughness down the stretch...no heighted in two of his first four meets and didn't clear the 17-foot mark until a vault of 17-00.75 at the MWC Championships (4th)...came back two weeks later to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships with an outdoor PR of 17-05.00 en route to a sixth place finish at the Midwest Regional Championships in Austin...entered the meet as the No. 11 seed and fought through painful back spasms to record his highest mark and finish in three regional meet appearances...joined senior teammate Derek Mackel in the NCAA pole vault field as the duo became the first UNM vaulters since 1991 to qualify for the national meet...they were also the first Lobos in 30 years to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the same event...both, however, missed on all three attempts in the NCAA Championship qualifying round...(indoor) Became the second Lobo ever to earn All-America honors in the pole vault, finishing in a three-way tie for eighth in his NCAA Championship meet debut...cleared 17-06.50 on his second attempt before bowing out at 17-10.50...he and teammate Derek Mackel were the first UNM vaulters to advance to the NCAA Indoor meet since 1990 and gave New Mexico a pair of national competitors in the same event for the first time ever indoors...secured his spot in the NCAA Championship field with a clutch performance at the MWC Championships in Albuquerque...cleared a career-best and provisional qualifying mark of 17-07.25 en route to a second place finish, behind defending national outdoor champion Robison Pratt of BYU, and all-MWC honors for the first time in his career...was incredibly consistent throughout the winter, clearing 17 feet or higher in 6 of his 7 competitions...surpassed the NCAA provisional standard 3 times...won the event at the Albuquerque Invitational and notched 4 runner-up finishes.

2005: (outdoor) Punched his ticket to NCAA Midwest Regional meet with a career-best vault of 17-00.75 in the section B competition at the Texas Relays (3rd)...mark was the second-best on the team behind junior Derek Mackel...finished T15th at regionals with a mark of 16-07.25...surpassed 16 feet six times and had just one meet without a clearance...notched regional qualifying marks in 3 of his final 5 regular season competitions and placed fifth at the MWC Championships, the nation's premier pole vaulting conference, with a mark of 16-09.50...five top-5 finishes...(indoor) Got off to a slow start, recording no heights in his first two meets, but cleared 16 feet in his final two competitions, including an indoor PR of 16-01.75 at the MWC Championships (9th).

2004: (outdoor) NCAA Midwest Regional qualifier in the with a season-best mark of 16-04.75 in a victory at New Mexico State...height was tied with Derek Mackel for second on the team...did not clear the minimum height and failed to place at the regional championships...finished fourth at the MWC Championships, however, with a clearance of 15-07.75...cleared 16 feet in four meets...(indoor) Competed in four meets, recording a top mark of 15-07.25 in a 10th place finish at the MWC Championships...placed fourth at NAU.


A 2003 graduate of Socorro (N.M.) High School...four-year letterwinnner in track and field under head coach David Mathieu...3A state champion as a senior...finished second as a junior and third as a sophomore...set SHS school record with a top vault of 15-07.00...senior track MVP and Most Improved award winner as a junior...three-time academic letterman...Junior Olympics Region 10 runner-up in the pole vault...placed seventh out of 41 at the National Junior Olympics pole vault competition.


Born on July 31, 1984 in Soccorro, N.M....age is 23...full name is Robert Clinton Caldwell...son of Wes and Katherine Caldwell...has two brothers: Johnny (29) and Jimmy (27), and two sisters: Leslie (25) and Ajelica (6)...majoring in Production Operations.