Kansas Jayhawks

Samantha Van Hoecke

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


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.