Event: Pole Vault
PR: 4.55m/14-11 (2008)
Born: May 15, 1980 in Corvallis, Ore.
Current Residence: Hammond, La.
High School: Philomath (Ore.) HS '98
College: Texas A&M '02
Coach: Mike Bartolina
Agent: Chris Layne
Career Highlights: 3rd at 2008 Olympic Trials
Returning to Hayward Field for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, the stadium where she won her High School state title in 1997, Bartolina qualified for her first Olympic Team, setting her personal best three times along the way to a third place finish…In 2005, after setting several personal bests with her husband as her coach, she took a fall and broke two vertebrae in her back…won two Big 12 titles while at Texas A&M…was the first female pole vaulter at Texas A&M…In high school, won one state title as a junior in 1997 and was in the top three all four years…began vaulting at the age of 14, with the advice of her high school track coach, former world record holder Dennis Phillips…Lost her right eye at four months old in a car accident…formerly Erica Boren, married Southeast Louisiana State coach Mike Bartolina…grew up on a sheep farm in Kings Valley, Ore…website is www.ericabartolina.com.
2008: No height at Olympic Games...3rd at Olympic Trials (4.55m/14-11PR)…4th
at Daegu (4.45m/14-7.25)...1st at Harry Jerome Int’l
(4.35m/14-3.25)…2nd at Victoria Int’l (4.25m/13-11.25)...ranked #4 in the U.S.
by T&FN...best of 4.55m/14-11.
2007: 12th at USA Outdoors (4.20m/13-9.25)…5th at USA Indoors (4.40m/14-5.25)…1st at Gill Factory Vault (4.35m/14-3.25)…best of 4.40m/14-5.25i.
2006: 1st at LSU Alumni Gold (4.30m/14-1.25)…1st at Tiger Classic (4.10m/13-5.25)…NH at USA Outdoors…best of 4.30m/14-1.25.
2005: 4th at USA Indoors (4.30m/14-1.25)…2nd at Simplot Games (4.36m/14-3.5)…Drake Relays (NH)…8th at Tyson Invitational (4.15m/13-7.25)…best of 4.36m/14-3.5.
2004: 9th in qualifying at Olympic Trials (4.10m/13-5.25)…3rd at Atascadero (4.40m/14-5.25PR)…5th at Modesto (4.05m/13-3.5)…2nd at Texas A&M Invite (3.95m/12-11.5)…best of 4.40m/14-5.25.
2003: 2nd at Kansas Relays (3.96m/12-11.75)…2nd at Texas Invite (3.95m/12-11.5)…best of 3.96m/12-11.75).
2002: 11th at NCAA Outdoors (3.90m/12-9.5)…15th at NCAA Indoors (3.95m/12-11.5)…Big 12 champion (3.98m/13-0.75)…1st at Longhorn Invite (4.05m/13-3.5)…2nd at Texas Relays (3.80m/12-5.5)…best of 4.05m/13-3.5.
2001: Big 12 Indoor champion (3.91m/12-10)…2nd at Dr. Pepper Invite (3.65m/11-11.34)…2nd at Tellez (3.85m/12-7.5)…2nd at All Comers (4.02m/13-2.25)…best of 4.02m/13-2.25.