Caldwell Earns Second All-America Award In Collegiate Finale
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/13/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 13, 2008

DES MOINES, Iowa - University of New Mexico senior Robert Caldwell capped his sensational collegiate career by finishing sixth to earn All-America honors in the men's pole vault finals this evening at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium. The Socorro, N.M. product cleared 17' 2 3/4" (5.25m) to become the Lobos' first outdoor All-American in the event since 1991. It was the second All-America award for Caldwell, who finished tied for eighth at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Caldwell cleared the opening bar of 16' 8 3/4" (5.10m) on his first attempt and surpassed the 17-foot mark on hi second run. He missed, however, on all three attempts at 17' 6 1/2" (5.35m).

As expected, it was a hard-fought, unpredictable competition between the 15 finalists. Clemson senior Mitch Greeley, who was one of the favorites entering Friday, exited without clearing a single bar. Texas freshman Maston Wallace, however, won the event after becoming the only man to surpass 17' 6 1/2".

Caldwell was one of six men to clear 17' 2 3/4", but his two attempts at the bar caused him to slip to sixth. He still joined Simon Arkell as the only Lobos' to earn outdoor All-America honors in the event and the lone UNM vaulters to earn All-America accolades twice in their career.

Earlier, through the first four events of the women's heptathlon competition, New Mexico junior Sandy Fortner finished 14th with a score of 3,293 - just 66 points shy of seventh place.

Fortner opened the day with a personal record time of 14.34 in the 100-meter hurdles (17th), followed by a solid mark of 5' 5 1/2" (1.66m) in the high jump (T-12th). She continued her climb with a toss of 42' 3 1/2" (12.89m) in the shot put (5th), followed by a time of 25.56 in the 200 meters (18th).

The product of tiny Fort Sumner, N.M. resumes competition tomorrow afternoon with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run. Fellow junior and New Mexico product Katie Coronado (Ruidoso, N.M.) will also be in action on Saturday in the finals of the women's javelin.

Thursday, May 28
All Day - 
Track & Field
at NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round
Wednesday, June 10
All Day - 
Track & Field
at NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships