Keisa Monterola
Keisa Monterola
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Caracus, Venezuela
Previous College: Clackamas Community
Position: Pole Vault
Experience: TR

Her Eastern Career

Monterola broke the Big Sky Conference indoor record for the women’s pole vault, with a jump of 14-4 on Jan. 28 at the UW Team Invitational in Seattle, Wash. The previous record was 14-1 1/4 set by Elouise Rudy of Montana State in 2008. The jump automatically qualified Monterola for the NCAA Championships on Mar. 9 in Boise, Idaho.

Along with breaking the conference record, Monterola improved on her own EWU school record of 13-11 1/4, as well as the indoor Venezuelan record. Monterola made her Eastern debut on Dec. 3 at the Candy Cane Invitational. On her first jump, she broke Eastern’s pole vault record with a height of 13-11 1/4.

Monterola won the Big Sky Conference title in the pole vault with an effort of 14-2 on Feb. 25 in Flagstaff, Ariz. For her performance – which broke the previous Big Sky Championship record of 14-1 1/4 – she was named the Athlete of the Meet. She was named the Big Sky women’s Field Athlete of the Week three separate times in the 2011-12 indoor season.

The Clackamas Community College transfer is now just a heartbeat away from the Olympic B-standard of 14-5 1/4.

Her Clackamas Career

Monterola placed first in the pole vault at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Championships while competing for Clackamas Community College. She had a personal-best vault of 14-2 1/2 – a mark that improved her Venezuelan national record. She also placed first in the long jump with a mark of 18-0 1/2.

Monterola also claimed titles at the 2009 NWAACC Championships in the pole vault (12-8 1/4) and the long jump (17-8 1/4).

Her National Career

While utilizing her redshirt season in 2010, Monterola won the gold medal at the Central America and Caribbean Games, where she set the games record with a mark of 13-9 1/4. In high school, Monterola was the 2005 IAAF World Youth silver medalist and South American Junior Champion. She cleared 13-11 1/4 in both competitions, setting new meet records in both.

Monterola is also the owner of the Venezuela national record. She has competed for her country on numerous occasions, including the Pan American Games this in fall of 2012. She placed fifth with a mark of 14-1 1/4.

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