Track & Field



    Vera Neuenswander  
    Vera Neuenswander

    Class:
    RS Senior

    Hometown:
    Jefferson City, Mo.

    High School:
    Jefferson City

    Event:
    Pole Vault


    2009-10 (REDSHIRT): Redshirted during the indoor and outdoor seasons to complete her student-teaching requirement.

    2008-09 (JUNIOR): Indoor: Became the first ever All-American in the pole vault for the IU women's program, and the first indoor All-American in any event since Ara Towns in 2004 when she cleared 4.15m (13-7.25) at NCAAs, which put her in a tie for sixth ... took fourth place at the Tyson Invite breaking her own IU record with a clearance of 4.20m (13-9.25) . Outdoor: Took second after tiebreakers at the Billy Hayes Invitational clearing 4.20m (13-9.25) to set a new facility record for Gladstein Fieldhouse as lightning forced the high jump and pole vault competitions indoors ... claimed a victory at the Pepsi Team Invitational and All-Big Ten laurels at the Big Ten meet with a second-place finish ... crushed the facility record and moved past the regional and school marks as well on her way to an NCAA Mideast Regional pole vault crown ... cleared 4.31m to become the first IU woman to clear 14 feet ... finished second at the NCAA Championships, clearing 4.30m ... was perfect through her first four jumps at NCAAs, clearing 4.00m (13-1.5), 4.10m (13-5.25), 4.20m (13-9.25) and 4.30m (14-1.25) ... is the highest finisher for IU since Irina Kharun won a national title in 2003 ... garnered ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American honors.

    2007-08 (SOPHOMORE): Indoor: Improved her best mark of the season in the pole vault with her fourth-place vault at the Big Ten Championships ... the mark of 4.05m (13' 3.5) was good for a tie for second place, but Neuenswander finished fourth after tie-breakers ... her Big Ten mark was ten centimeters better than the provisional qualifying mark of 3.95m ... narrowly missed out on a return trip to the NCAA Indoor championships. Outdoor: Finished in third at the Alabama Relays, recording a regional qualifying mark of 3.85m (12' 7.5) ... improved her season mark to 3.95m (12' 11.5) at the Sea Ray Relays on April 11 ... recorded a season-best mark of 4.10m (13' 5.25) at the Indiana Invitational, good for first place ... the season best was 30 centimeters above the regional standard and two centimeters away from her career best of 4.12m (13' 6.25) ... won the pole vault with a mark of 4.00-meters (13-01.50) at the Jesse Owens Track Classic.

    2006-07 (FRESHMAN): Indoor: Was the top freshman pole vaulter in the nation during both the indoor and outdoor seasons ... finished 12th at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a mark 4.00 meters ... set a championship and school record with a mark of 4.11 meters at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Feb. 24 ... her mark earned her Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year honors. Outdoor: Set a new outdoor pole vault record when she cleared 4.12 meters at the Billy Hayes Invitational ... was a Big Ten Outdoor Champion in the pole vault, earning first team honors ... was an NCAA Mideast Regional qualifier ... finished 12th at the national outdoor meet with a final mark of 3.90 meters.

    PREP/PERSONAL: Helped lead Jefferson City to four consecutive district and sectional championships in track field, while also winning the 4A state championship in 2003, 2005 and 2006 ... was the district, sectional and state champion in the pole vault in 2003, 2005 and 2006, setting school records each year ... cleared a career-best vault of 12-3.00 ... was the 4A Missouri State record holder and Team MVP in 2006 ... also earned all-district honors in the 100m hurdles ... also qualified for the 2006 Nike Outdoor Nationals ... graduated as salutatorian at Jefferson City... was a National Honor Society member ... earned American Legion, Citizenship and All-School Service awards ... maintained a 4.0 grade point average over four years.

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