Event: Pole Vault
PR: 4.63m/15-2.25 (2008)
Born: April 22, 1980 in Mesa, Az.
Current Residence: Springdale, Ark.
High School: Mountain View HS
College: Paradise Valley Community College '00; Arkansas '03
Coach: Bryan Compton
Agent: Tony Manjarrez
Career Highlights: 2008 Olympic Trials runner-up; 2007 Pan Am Games silver medalist; 6th at 2005 USA Outdoors; 5th at 2004 Olympic Trials; 3 time NCAA Indoor All-American
Steiner Bennett had her best-ever finish at a National Championships this year when she finished as the runner-up in the women's pole vault at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and qualified for her first Olympic Team...Steiner claimed the silver medal in the women's pole vault at the 2007 Pan American Games with her clearance of 4.40 meters/14 feet5.25 inches…After transferring to Arkansas from Paradise Valley Community College, Steiner became the first woman in the SEC to clear 13 feet indoors…Steiner enjoys being a leader and mentor to younger athletes and is very involved with USATFs Be A Champion program…Steiner was in training for the 2004 United States Olympic Trials when she received the call to appear on the reality TV show Fear Factor, but asked that she not participate until after she took her chance at the Olympic dream. After a grueling competition to complete four tasks, including eating worm green beans, maggoty mashed potatoes and roach stuffing, Steiner was the winner pocketing the $50,000 prize which helped her pay for her training expenses after graduating from Arkansas, she moved back to her home state of Arizona to train with coach Greg Hull, but now has returned to Arkansas to train with her college coach, Bryan Compton…married former Arizona State pole vaulter Cameron Bennett in January 2008.
USA Outdoors ninth-place finisher (4.30m/14-01.25)...1st at John McDonnell
2009: 4th at USA Outdoors (4.45m/14-7.25)...4th at Reebok Grand Prix (4.42m/14-6)...ranked #5 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 4.45m/14-7.25.
2008: 8th at Olympic Games (4.55m/14-11)...2nd at Olympic Trials (4.60m/15-1)…4th at Reebok Grand Prix (4.55m/14-11)...1st at Jacobs (4.63m/15-2.25)...ranked #2 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 4.63m/15-2.25.
2007: 6th at USA Outdoors (4.35m/14-3.25)...2nd at Pan Ams (4.40m/14-5.25)...1st at Fayetteville (4.50m/14-9)...2nd at Pole Vault Summit (4.60m/15-1i)...ranked #4 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 4.60m/15-1.
2006: 6th at USA Outdoors (4.30m/14-1.25)...1st at Kansas Relays (4.45m/14-7.25)...5th at adidias Classic (4.11m/13-05.75)...6th at Reebok Grand Prix (4.14m/13-07.00)...ranked #9 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 4.45m/14-7.25.
2005: 6th at USA Outdoor Championships (4.30m/14-1.25)...1st at Kansas Relays (4.25m/13-11.25)...3rd at San Diego (4.35m/14-3.25)...1st at Reebok GP (4.45m/14-7.25)...4th at Shanghai (4.30m/14-1.25)...1st at Razorback Invite (4.40m/14-5.25)...4th at Tyson Invite (4.25m/13-11.25)...3rd at Millrose (4.13m/13-6.5)...ranked #5 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 4.45m/14-7.25.
2004: 5th at Olympic Trials (4.45m/14-7.25)...12th at USA Indoor Championships (4.10m/13-5.25)...1st at Flagstaff (4.35m/14-3.25i)...5th at Boston (4.11m/13-5.75)...6th at Tyson (4.30m/14-1.25)...ranked #8 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 4.45m/14-7.25.
2003: 14th at USA Outdoor Championships (4.00m/13-1.5)...3rd at NCAA Indoor Championships (4.35m/14-3.25)...1st at Penn Relays (4.27m/14-0)...best of 4.35m/14-3.25.
2002: tied for 4th at NCAA Indoor Championships (4.15m/13-7.25)...best of 4.15m/13-7.25.
2001: 1st at Arkansas (4.07m/13-4.25i)...2nd at Arkansas (4.13m/13-6.5i)...best of 4.13m/13-6.5.