Event: Pole Vault
PR: 4.62m/15-1.75 (2001)
Born: November 16, 1972, in Waukesha, Wis.
Current Residence: Simi Valley, Calif.
High School: McFarland HS (Wis.) 90
College: Wisconsin-Oshkosh 95
Coach: Anthony Curran
Agent: Marc Osenberg
Career Highlights: 2nd at 1999 and 2000 USA Indoors; 3rd at 1997 USA Outdoors, 1998 USA Indoors and 2002 USA Indoors; 5th at 1999 World Indoor Champs; 3rd at 2000 Olympic Trials; 10-time Division III All-American.
Among the top 3 American vaulters since 1997, Mueller now owns PRs over 15 feet. Once she recovered from knee surgery early in 2001, she broke barriers, vaulting 4.62m/15-1.75 outdoors in 2001 and clearing 4.60m/15-1 indoors in 2002. During that time she moved from Arizona to Southern California to train under UCLA coach Anthony Curran. Fellow 15-foot-plus vaulter and Wisconsin native Mary Sauer is now her training partner, a situation both women have benefited from A multi-event performer in college, Mueller started out as a hurdler: My sister was a hurdler, and she had me learn how to hurdle. Mueller won the NCAA Division III high jump title in 1993 with a leap of 5-9.75. In 1994, she tied for the win in the Division III Indoor 55H (8.33) and won the HJ (5-7.25). She had a best ever 100-meter hurdle time of 14.22. A 10-time Division III All-America pick who also collected 11 conference titles during her career, Mueller earned her degree in special education. She is married to Michael Clark, who is also her physical therapist...Mueller started pole vaulting after her college coach returned from the 1995 USA Champs in Sacramento: I was in my fifth year of school, doing some coaching and training for the heptathlon, when he came back and said, You have to start vaulting. He found me a coach and we started training...says of vaulting: Its fun; its exhilarating. A wow kind of event. Its such a rush to go over....goes by Mel, which is short for Melissa...last name pronounced Miller. uses the biggest poles among world-class female vaultersofficial website is www.melmueller.com.
2003: 3rd at USA Indoors (4.30m/14-1.25)...4th at adidas Oregon Track Classic Outdoors (4.25m/13-11.25)4th at Home Depot Invitational (4.10m/13-5.25)2nd at Oracle U.S. Open (4.40m/14-5.25)...Tied for 5th at USA Outdoors (4.35m/14-03.25).
2002: 3rd at USA Indoors (4.26m/13-11.75)3rd at USA Outdoors (4.40m/14-5.25)3rd at Madrid (4.45m/14-7.25)2nd at Mt. SAC (4.45m/14-7.25)3rd at Nike Prefontaine (4.42m/14-6)4th at Rethymnon (4.42m/14-6)1st at Flagstaff (4.60m/15-1i)ranked #3 in U.Sbest of 4.45m/14-7.25.
2001: No-height at GMC Envoy USA Outdoor champscleared 15 feet for first time in career at Clovis (4.62m/15-1.75) won at Zagreb (4.37m/14-4) on 7/2tied for 3rd at Prefontaine Classic (4.31m/14-1.75)4th at adidas Oregon Track Classic (4.21m/13-9.75)4th at Peregrine Systems U.S. Open (4.31m/14-1.75)5th at IAAF Grand Prix Final (4.20m/13-9.25)ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 4.62m/15-1.75.
2000: 3rd at Olympic Trials (4.33m/14-2.5)...did not make Olympic final (4.25m/13-11.25)...2nd at USA Indoors (4.42m/14-6)...2nd at adidas Oregon Track Classic (4.45m /14-7.25)...2nd at Pontiac Grand Prix Invitational (4.20/13-9.25)...ranked #3 in US by T&FN...best of 4.45m/14-7.25.
1999: Twice set the American indoor record in 1999, first with a 4.49m/14-8.75 at the Millrose Games on Feb. 5, then two days later in Boston with a 4.50m/14-9 leap...won USA Indoors...5th at World Indoor Champs...no-heighted at USA Outdoor Championships...Won at Flagstaff in January (14-5.25 PR)...ranked #8 in world (#2 in U.S.) by T&FN...best of 14-4.5 (14-9.25 indoors).
1998: 3rd in USA Indoor (12-9.5)...won Carolina Classic (13-10 PR)...5th in USA Champs (13-1.5)...6th in Edwardsville GP (12-9.5)...ranked #5 U.S. by T&FN...best of 13-10.
1997: 8th in USA Indoor (11-9.75)...3rd in USA Champs (12-11.5 PR)...ranked #3 U.S. by T&FN...best of 12-11.5
1996: Tied for 9th in USA Champs (11-5.75)...best of 11-7.