May 2, 2012

After Record-Breaking Performance at Pelluer, Monterola Named Big Sky Athlete of the Week

Award marks fourth time this season Monterola has won

Keisa Monterola made the most of her outdoor debut. Her record-breaking jump of 14-0 at the 41st Annual Pelluer Invitational garnered her Big Sky Athlete of the Week honors.

The Venezuelan pole vaulter broke EWU’s school record, the Roos Field record and the Pelluer Invitational record with her jump. The jump qualifies her for the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships and the NCAA West Regionals. Emily Roberts hit the previous EWU record of 13-1 1/2 in 2003. Montana State’s Elouise Rudy owned the previous Pelluer and Roos Field records with marks of 12-9 1/2 and 13-1 1/2, respectively.

Monterola earned first team All-America honors after placing fifth in the pole vault on March 10 at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Indoor Championships hosted by Boise State University in Nampa, Idaho. She jumped 14-1 1/4, slightly lower than her personal best of 14-2 1/2. The Olympic Provisional Standard, a mark she’s been vying for all season, is within reach at 14-5 1/4.

Including indoor track season, this is the fourth time Monterola has received the honor.

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