Air Force Academy junior Nick Frawley recently set an AFA record in the pole vault, as the Air Force track and field team wrapped up competition at the 19th annual Air Force Invitational. On his final attempt, Frawley cleared 18 feet, 1 inch to win the event title.

With a clearance that automatically qualified him to the NCAA Indoor Championships, Frawley edged the previous record of 18 feet, 18’1/2” inches, which Paul Gensic (2005) and David Pike (1995) shared.

The mark also topped Gensic’s junior class record in the pole vault.

Frawley’s clearance is the third-best in Mountain West Conference history. Frawley’s mark is a new season-best for the conference and the third-best mark in the nation.

BACKGROUND:

AIR FORCE IN 2007: Frawley earned co-Newcomer of the Year honors . . . ranked eighth in the nation heading into the national championships . . . tied for 17th at the NCAA championships . . . earned an at-large spot to the NCAA meet, following an eighth-place performance of 16 feet, 7 1/4 inches at the Midwest Regional Championships . . . won the Mountain West Conference pole vault title at the outdoor championships . . . cleared a career-best 17 feet, 51/2 inches at that meet . . . that was the fourth-best jump in AFA history . . . that clearance was the best by anyone in the league during the season . . . all-region honoree . . . earned all-conference honors . . . posted the team’s best finish at the Sun Angel Classic . . . placed third with a height of 16 feet, 23/4 inches at that meet . . . was also the team’s top scorer at the Rob Upton Invitational with a second-place finish . . . posted the best mark (15 feet, 11 inches) of any collegiate competitor . . . cleared the fifth-best indoor height in AFA history (16 feet, 111/2 inches) at the TCR Race Productions Invitational . . . picked up a fifth-place finish of 16 feet, 71/2 inches at the MWC Indoor Championships . . . was the top collegiate finisher at the Air Force Invitational (16 feet, 71/4 inches), Air Force Open (16 feet, 11/4 inches) and Air Force All-Comers Meet (15 feet, 7 inches).

HIGH SCHOOL: Won the pole vault at the Texas 4A state high school championship with a leap of 17 feet, 01/4 inch . . . followed that up with a win at the Great Southwest Invitational in Albuquerque, NM clearing a career-best mark of 17 feet, 1/4 inch . . . that mark ranked him as the fifth-best high school senior in the U.S. for 2006 . . . that mark also broke 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Nick Hysong’s meet record . . . placed sixth at the Nike High School Outdoor Nationals . . . recorded a seventh-place finish at the USA Junior Championships . . . earned national champion honors at the 2003 USATF Youth Outdoor Meet . . . claimed back-to-back national champion titles at the AAU Championships (2004-05) . . . also lettered in football and baseball . . . earned all-4A district honors as a wide receiver.

PERSONAL: Son of Ed and Shelley Frawley . . . has younger twin brothers, Eric and Vince, who are both pole vaulters . . . majoring in systems engineering management . . . would like to participate in the World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) following graduation . . . selected as the top-ranked basic cadet of the class of 2010 during BCT . . . hobbies include rock climbing and flying.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Information from the Air Force Academy Web site was used to produce this story.