Athletics


Coach Info
Name Phone Email Team Name City State
Club Dean Starkey Arizona Pole Vault Academy Queen Creek AZ
High School Brian Faust
indoor field
WT TJ SP PV LJ HJ DISC
Best Time - - - 11'6.50" - - -
Second Best Time - - - 10'10.00" - - -
outdoor
100 HRDL 100 110 HRDL 200 400 HRDL 400 800 1,500 1,600 3,000 STPL 3,000 3,200 5,000 10,000
Best Time - 13:30.00 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Second Best Time - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
outdoor field
TJ SP PV LJ JAV HT HJ DISC
Best Time - - 12'6.00" - - - - -
Second Best Time - - 12'0.00" - - - - -
Indoor Honors

1st place, Arizona Indoor Classic (Youth) 2018

Outdoor Honors

2017 and 2018 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships, All American honors
Sophomore and junior year high school, First Team All Region, 6A Conference
Sophomore, MVP for contributing the most point and breaking school pole vault record
Junior, Team Captain

Outdoor Additional

2019: 2nd place, Meet of Champions, 3rd Place AIA Division 1 State Championships, 4th place Nike Chandler Rotary
2018: 2nd place, AIA Division 1 State Championships, 2nd place Nike Chandler Rotary, 1st place City of Chandler
Club:
1st Place, USATF Youth State Championship, 12' pole vault, 1st Place USATF AZ Association Jr Olympics Championships, 12', pole vault, 2nd Place USATF Region 10 Jr Olympic Championships

Academics


GPA
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
SAT Math
SAT Score (Composite)
ACT Score (Composite)
High School
Perry High School
School City
Gilbert
School State
AZ
Guidance Counselor
Kirstin Gregg
Guidance Counselor Phone
Guidance Counselor Email
Class Size
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School Size
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TOEFL Score
Class Rank
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School Division
Division 1/6A Conf
Major Category
Health Professions and Related Sciences
Major
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Other Academic Information
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Personal


First Name
Samara
Last Name
McConnell
Address
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Email
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Athlete's Mother
Athlete's Father
Gender
F
Height
5'7"
Weight
125
Birthdate
NCAA Clearinghouse ID
Personal Highlights

I started track the summer prior to my sophomore year in high school, after 7 years of gymnastics. I originally wanted to be a sprinter, and while I occasionally sprint, my passion is pole vaulting. As a gymnast, my favorite event was vault so when I saw pole vaulting, I knew it was the track event for me. It's always been a dream of mine to be a collegiate student -athlete like my father. He was a D1 baseball player in the Big 10. The stories and experience he shared with me, inspired me and motivated me to be the best student-athlete I can be and to want to continue being the best in collegiate level.

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For me "healthy athletic performance" is taking care of your mind and your body. It's true what they say that sports is 1% physical and 99% mental. I work at keeping everything in perspective. If there's a meet in which I didn't perform as well as I'm capable, I allow myself to be disappointed but also, figure out what went wrong. Why didn't I perform. I usually discuss it with my coach. I also try to be patient. Sometimes it takes time to figure it out. It took me a while to learn this but I knew beating myself up on it is worst. Eating enough is also important. I'm still working on this one too as I"m not a big breakfast eater. I overcome this by eating more snacks throughout the day. So when I get to practice, I have energy. The biggest thing in performance is talking things out with your coaches and teammates. That's what they're good at. Understanding that they've seen it all before and can give you solutions has really helped me grow as an athlete.

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