Facing the highest opening-height bar of his career, Skage made the 17’4½” clearance – his third-highest of the year – on his final attempt. Unable to surpass the next bar of 17’8½”, Skage finished the competition in a tie for 12th with Arkansas’ Etamar Bhastekar.
Skage is the sixth different Air Force pole vaulter to capture All-America honors during the indoor season, while the event group has now combined for 10 total accolades.
Classmate Mitch Lipe also competed in the pole vault at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center this afternoon, but was one of three vaulters unable to clear the opening height of 17’4½”.
The Falcons’ busy four-day stretch of championship action comes to a close on Monday (March 15), when members of the Air Force cross country team compete at that NCAA Championship meet in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The full track and field squad returns to action on March 19-20, as they travel to Boulder to open the outdoor season at the annual Jerry Quiller Classic.