Bartnovskaya Earns KU’s Third-Straight Big 12 Weekly Honor
IRVING, Texas – For the third-consecutive week the Kansas women’s track & field team saw one of its athletes earn Big 12 Athlete of the Week honors after senior pole vaulter Natalia Bartnovskaya was selected by the league office Wednesday afternoon. The announcement marks the first time Bartnovskaya has garnered the award and is also the first time the Kansas women have seen their athletes earn the honor in three-straight weeks. Lindsay Vollmer claimed the first Kelly award of the season on Jan. 22, before Diamond Dixon was tabbed the conference athlete of the week on Jan. 29.
Bartnovskaya leaped to the top of the national ranks last Friday night as she claimed a win in the pole vault at the Varsity Apartment Invitational in Wichita.
The NCAA’s defending indoor champion in the event, Bartnovskaya catapulted her name back to the top of the national charts with her performance inside the Haskett Center on Friday. The Krasnoyarsk, Russia native cleared a top bar of 4.32 meters (14’2″) to win the event by nearly a foot over the rest of the field. The mark is the second-highest in the NCAA thus far in the indoor season and No. 1 in the Big 12. It also puts Bartnovskaya among the top-30 vaulters in the world this year.
Bartnovskaya’s performance also made some edits to the school’s all-time performance charts. Her vault was the third-highest indoor vault in school history. She now holds six of the top-10 indoor pole vault marks in Kansas history after only a year-and-a-half as a Jayhawk.
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