Kristen Denk - Women's Track and Field - Vanderbilt University Athletics

Kristen Denk

Pole Vault

Class Fifth Year
Event Pole Vault
Hometown North Royalton, Ohio
High School North Royalton
Major Economics • Marketing

Career Results

Career Honors
• Three-time All-American (2018 and 2019 outdoor; 2019 indoor)
• Six-time All-SEC (2016, 2018, 2019 indoor and outdoor)
• 2019 SEC outdoor pole vault champion
• Finished career as Vanderbilt record holder in indoor pole vault (14 feet, 2.75 inches/4.34m)
• Finished career as Vanderbilt record holder in outdoor pole vault (14 feet, 3.5 inches/4.36m)
• 2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll
• 2020 USTFCCCA All-Academic

As a Fifth-Year Senior (2020)
• USTFCCCA All-Academic
• SEC Academic Honor Roll
• Finished second at Vanderbilt Invitational (Jan. 18) at 13 feet, 3.5 inches (4.05m)
• Missed remainder of indoor season
• Outdoor season canceled due to coronavirus outbreak

As a Redshirt-Junior (2019)
• First team All-American indoors
• Second team All-American outdoors
• All-SEC (Outdoors)
• All-SEC (Indoors)
• Claimed the SEC outdoor pole vault title with a mark of 14-3.5 (4.36m)
• First Commodore to earn a pole vault title
• Set a new Vanderbilt indoor record at 14-2.75 (4.34m)
• Finished 10th in the nation in indoor pole vault
• Took three second-place finishes and one first place season during the regular indoor season
• Opened the outdoor season with a second place finish at the Tennessee Relays at 14-3.25 (4.35m)
• Claimed the War Eagle Invitational title at 13-9.25 (4.20m)
• Finished eighth in the nation in outdoor pole vault at 14-3.25 (4.35m)

As a Redshirt-Sophomore (2018)
Second Team All-American (Outdoors)
• All-SEC (Outdoors)
• All-SEC (Indoors)
• Finished 12th in Eugene, Oregon with a clearance of 13-7.25 (4.15m)
• Set outdoor school record at 14-1.25 (4.30m)
• Finished fifth in the SEC outdoors with a clearance of 13-11.25 (4.25m)
• Opened outdoor campaign with a victory, clearing 13-3.5 (4.05m)
• Set a personal-best at indoor conference championships at 13-9.25 (4.20m), putting her second all-time at Vanderbilt
• In her first meet as a Commodore, Denk cleared 12-11.5 (3.93m) to become fourth highest vaulter in team history

As a Sophomore (2017)
• Sat out a year due to NCAA transfer rules

As a Freshman (2016)
• NCAA Regional Qualifier
• All-SEC (Outdoors)
• All-SEC (Indoors)
• Set an outdoor personal-best of 13-6.25 (4.15m)
• Finished second at Seminole Invitational with a. clearance of 13-3.5 (4.07m)
• Finished second at Shamrock Invitational with a mark of 13-4.5 (4.10m)
• Finished fifth at SEC Indoors with a career-best mark of 13-8.5 (4.22m)
• Placed second at Virginia Tech Elite Meet with height of 13-4.5 (4.10m)

The Denk File
• Two-time Ohio D1 State Champion
• Holds all division Ohio state pole vault record with leap of 13-6
• Captured 2015 New Balance National Indoor pole vault championship with 13-8.5 clearance
• Daughter of Tom and Sally Denk