All-America Honors

Kristen Denk caps season as first team All-American at NCAA Championships

AUSTIN, Texas – Kristen Denk capped her junior season as a first team All-American 
Thursday night at Texas' Mike A. Myers Track.

The North Royalton, Ohio, native cleared 14-3.25 (4.35 meters) to make the top-eight. The mark is just short of her career-best 14-3.5 (4.36 meters).

“Kristen showed her mettle tonight,” said head coach Steven Keith. “She’s a tough competitor. She went to a lot of third attempts, but came through on a couple of clutch third attempts. She scored for the team, we’re really proud of her.”

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Denk cleared the first bar (13-3.5, 4.05 meters) on her first attempt, but kept things suspenseful for the next two bars, clearing each on her third attempt.

The event caps a decorated season for Denk, becoming the first Commodore to win a SEC pole vault crown and setting the school record.