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Ducks Track & Field BIO
Melissa Gergel
Player Profile:
Melissa Gergel 157743
Position: Pole Vault
Height: 5'6"
Year: Freshman
City/State: Glenwood, Ill.
High School: Marian Catholic
Experience: High School

NCAA Champion (Pole Vault)
Pac-10 Champion (Pole Vault)
School Record (Pole Vault-i)
7-Time All-American

Became the NCAA runner-up and school record-holder at the 2010 NCAA indoor meet (14-7.25). Is just the second Pac-10 pole vault champion in school history, joining Becky Holliday (2003). Has collected five All-America awards in her first six NCAA championship meets. School indoor pole vault record holder. Ranks second outdoors among the best clearances in school history. Is only the second Duck to clear 14-0. 2009-10 USA Track & Field Championships competitor. National Junior Olympic champion in 2006 and ’07.

2010-11: NCAA Champion in the pole vault. Outdoors - Won an exciting, weather-delayed competition to become the second NCAA pole vault champion in school history. In the national final, had first attempt clearances at 13-1.5 and 13-5.25 before needing a clutch third attempt clearance at 14-1.25 to stay alive in the competition. She then made a first attempt at 14-3.25 and a second attempt at 14-5.25 before going over her winning height of 14-7.25/4.45m on her first attempt. That broke the NCAA Championships meet record and tied her own personal best. Tied for first in the pole vault at the NCAA West Preliminary meet with a best clearance at 13-5.25/4.10m to advance to the NCAA Championships. Led Oregon's 16.5-point charge in the pole vault at the Pac-10 Championships by finishing second at 14-0.5/4.28m. Opened season as the runner-up in the pole vault at the Oregon Relays (13-9.75/4.21m), competing unattached. Won the pole vault at the Oregon Twilight (13-6.25/4.12m). Following the college season, matched her personal best at the USA Championships, where she placed fourth (14-7.25/4.45m). Pac-10 all-academic honorable mention. Indoors - Earned fourth consecutive All-America award at the NCAA Indoor Championships by finishing fourth (14-3.25/4.35m). Was her fourth clearance of 14 feet this season as Oregon won its second straight national title. Oregon's first NCAA automatic qualifier of the season, clearing 14-1.75/4.31m to finish second at the UW Indoor Preview. Improved that clearance to 14-3.5/4.36m in a win at the UW Invitational. Was the MPSF champion, clearing 14 feet for the third time this season in going 14-3.5/4.36m to match her season best. Season Bests: Outdoors - Pole Vault - 14-7.25/4.45m (PR), NCAA Championships, Des Moines, Iowa (6/10/11); USA Championships, Eugene, Ore. (6/26/11). Indoors - Pole Vault - 14-3.5/4.36m, UW Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (1/29/11) & MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/26/11).

2009-10: NCAA Indoor runner-up in the pole vault. Outdoors - Earned her fifth career All-America award in the pole vault. Great start to the season with a win and a meet record at 14-1.25/4.30m at the Oregon Preview. Won the pole vault with, at the time, a nation-leading clearance at 14-3.25/4.35m at the Stanford Invitational. That bar was an outdoor PR and ranks second all-time at Oregon. Missed most of April and May with a foot injury. Came back for the championship season, where she placed third at the Pac-10 meet with a clearance at 13-8.25/4.17m. Advanced to the NCAA Championships by clearing 13-9.25/4.20m at the NCAA West Regional. At the NCAA meet in Eugene, just nissed scoring for the Ducks, as she settled for 10th at 13-9.25/4.20m. Tied for 11th at the USA Track & Field Championships (4.15m/13-7.25). Wrapped up the summer with a runner-up finish at the NACAC U23 Championships (4.10m/13-5.25). Indoors - Spectacular competition at the NCAA Championships, where she placed second at 14-7.25. Set an all-conditions PR three times during that competition, including her final height, which broke Becky Holliday's 2003 school indoor record of 14-3.25. Scored eight team points as Oregon won the NCAA Indoor title for the first time in school history. Opened season by winning the pole vault at 14-1.25 (4.30m) at the Jan. 16 UW Indoor Preview. Became just the third Duck woman to clear 14 feet indoors. Cleared 13-3.75 (4.06m) at both the Texas A&M Challenge on Jan. 30 and the Husky Classic on Feb. 13. Made the bar at 13-7.25 at the MPSF Championships to tie for third and help the Ducks win their first MPSF title. Season Bests: Outdoors - Pole Vault - 14-3.25/4.35m, Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (3/27/10). Indoors - Pole Vault - 14-7.25/4.45m (PR), NCAA Indoor Championships, Fayetteville, Ark. (3/13/10).

2008-09: Pac-10 Champion with a clearance of 14-2. Became just the second Duck to win the league’s pole vault title and just the second Oregon vaulter to clear 14-0 outdoors (Becky Holliday). Earned her third All-America award with a sixth-place tie at the NCAA Indoor Championships, where she cleared 13-7.25. Established a pair of indoor PRs, reaching 13-9.25 at the New Balance Invitational in New York, before 13-9.75 a week later at the Husky Classic. Outdoors, won the pole vault at the Oregon Preview and the Stanford Invitational before establishing an outdoor PR at the Mt. SAC Relays (13-7.25). Following a pair of second-place finishes at the Oregon Relays and the Oregon Twilight, mustered up one of the biggest surprises of the Pac-10 Championships by clearing the bar at 14-2 to win the 2009 title. Scored 10 team points toward Oregon’s first conference title since 1992. Clearance ranks No. 2 all-time at Oregon. Nearly matched that in winning the NCAA West Regional (14-1.75). At the NCAA Championships, advanced to the finals, where she tied for 14th at 13-5.25. Came back with another strong performance at the USA Track & Field Champiosnships where she tied for 12th at 13-9.25. Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. Named the team’s Harry Ritchie Award winner. Season Bests: Outdoors - Pole Vault - 14-2/4.32m, Pac-10 Championships, Eugene, Ore. (5/17/09). Indoors - Pole Vault - 13-9.75/4.21m, Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/14/09).

2007-08: Won All-America honors in the pole vault at both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championships. Also a Pac-10 scorer for Oregon’s third-place team. Cleared 13-5 six times in 2008. Terrific freshman campaign began indoors where she cleared 13-5.75 at the UW Indoor Invite. Vaulted personal-best 13-7 to finish second at the MPSF Championships. Went on to the NCAA Indoor Championships, where she claimed her first All-America award by clearing 13-5.25 to finish eighth. Outdoors, after winning the Oregon Twilight, helped the UO women score 100 points at the Pac-10 meet for the first time in 12 years by finishing sixth. Set a seasonal best with a clearance of 13-5.75 at the Pac-10 Championships. Cleared 13-3.75 at the NCAA West Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships. There, she again matched her  13-5.75 effort in the preliminaries to advance to the finals where she picked up her second All-America award of 2008 with an eighth-place finish (13-1.5). Season Bests: Outdoors - Pole Vault - 13-5.75, Pac-10 Championships, Tempe, Ariz. (5/17/08) and NCAA Championships, Des Moines, Iowa (6/11/08). Indoors - Pole Vault - 13-7, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (3/1/08).

Prep: Won Illinois state meet as senior, placed second as a junior and third as a sophomore. Also finished fourth in USA Junior Championships as a senior and seventh as a junior. Set personal best as a junior in the Junior Olympic regional meet (13-2.25). As a sophomore, she also cleared a then-personal best of 12-6 during the regular season. Lettered four seasons in track and field and four seasons in swimming as a diver. National Honor Society and honor roll member.

Personal: Human Physiology major.

Personal Bests
Pole Vault - 14-7.25/4.45m,
NCAA Championships,
Des Moines, Iowa, 6/10/11;
USA Championships,
Eugene, Ore., 6/26/11
Pole Vault - 14-7.25/4.45m-i,
NCAA Championships,
Fayetteville, Ark., 3/13/10

NCAA Outdoor Track Championships
2011 - Pole Vault, 1st, 14-7.25/4.45m
2010 - Pole Vault, 10th, 13-9.25/4.20m
2009 - Pole Vault, 14th, 13-5.25/4.10m
2008 - Pole Vault, 8th, 13-1.5/4.00m

NCAA Indoor Track Championships
2011 - Pole Vault, 4th, 14-3.25/4.35m
2010 - Pole Vault, 2nd, 14-7.25/4.45m
2009 - Pole Vault, t-6th, 13-7.25/4.15m
2008 - Pole Vault, 8th, 13-5.25/4.10m

Pac-10 Track Championships
2011 - Pole Vault, 2nd, 14-0.5/4.28m
2010 - Pole Vault, 3rd, 13-8.25/4.17m
2009 - Pole Vault, 1st, 14-2/4.32m
2008 - Pole Vault, 6th, 13-5.75/4.11m

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