Sam Houston State junior pole vaulter Clayton Fritsch has earned All-America honors for the 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field season from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced Tuesday.
Fritsch, a 2017 graduate of Sealy High School, earned All-American distinction in both the indoor and outdoor seasons as a sophomore and picked up his third consecutive honor despite not being able to finish this indoor season.
Fritsch was set to compete in the 2020 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships before the event was canceled due to the new coronavirus pandemic in March. He was seeded eighth with a height of 5.55 meters, which he reached at the Texas A&M Invitational on Feb. 22.
It was the second time Fritsch qualified for the NCAA indoor championships.
The USTFCCCA changed its criteria for All-America selections, which in the past has been based on performance, due to the cancellation of the indoor championships. For the 2020 season only, every student-athlete who was listed on the start sheet at the NCAA meet was recognized.