Kansas Jayhawks

Samantha Van Hoecke

Position Pole Vault
Height 5'8''
Class Sophomore
Hometown Wellsville, Kan.
High School Paola


2020 INDOOR (So.)
Made her season debut at the Bob Timmons Challenge (12/6), jumping 3.36m (11-0.25 ft.) in the pole vault … Won the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular (1/18) by vaulting 3.80m (12-5.5 ft.) … Jumped a new personal best of 3.85m (12-7.5 ft.) at the Tyson Invitational (2/14-2/15), placing fourth overall … Went on to place 12th at the Big 12 Championship (2/28-2/29), jumping 3.75m (12-3.5 ft.).

2019 OUTDOOR (Fr.)
Notched a personal-best mark of 3.50 meters (11-5.75 ft.) to finish tied for eighth in the pole vault at the Battle on the Bayou (4/6) … Finished tied for sixth in the pole vault at the 92nd Kansas Relays (4/17-20), clearing a personal-best mark of 3.65 meters (11-11.75 ft.) … Matched her personal-best clearance of 3.65 meters (11-11.75 ft.) at the National Relay Championships (4/26-4/27).

2019 INDOOR (Fr.)
Tied for sixth in the pole vault in her collegiate debut at the Bob Timmons Challenge (11/30) with a clearance of 3.56 meters (11-8 ft.) … Finished second at the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular (1/18) with a clearance of 3.65 meters (11-11.75 ft.) … Recorded a fourth place finish in the pole vault at the Jayhawk Classic (1/25-1/26) with a personal-best mark of 3.71 meters (12-2 ft.).

Earned four letters in track & field for head coach Chad Kelsey at Paola High School … Helped the Panthers to regional championships all four years of high school … Two-time 4A Kansas women’s pole vault state champion (2017, 2018) … Runner-up in the 100-meter dash at the 4A state championships in 2017 and 2018 … School record holder in the pole vault with a clearance of 13-3 ft. … USATF Junior Olympic All-American in 2017 with a sixth-place finish in the pole vault … Named Tri-County Women’s Track & Field Female Athlete of the Year in 2017 and 2018 … Also earned two letters in volleyball.

Daughter of Philip and Diane Van Hoecke … Has one brother, Magnus … Plans to major in biology.