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Natalie Willer
Position: Pole Vault
Year: Senior
City/State: Elkhorn, Neb.
High School: Elkhorn
Experience: High School
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Personal Best
Indoor

Pole Vault, 14-4 (4.37)
Long Jump, 17-8 (5.38)
Outdoor

Pole Vault, 14-4 1/2 (4.38)
Long Jump, 19-0 (5.79)

All-American
2011 Outdoor Pole Vault
2011 Indoor Pole Vault

2010 Outdoor Pole Vault

Big 12 Champion

2011 Outdoor Pole Vault
2011 Indoor Pole Vault
2009 Outdoor Pole Vault
2009 Indoor Pole Vault

School Records
Indoor Pole Vault (14-4)

Outdoor Pole Vault (14-4 1/2)

Honors

2011 NU Women's Student Athlete of the Year
Team Captain (2010, 2011)
First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American (2011)
2009 Pan Am Junior Champion
2009 USA Junior Champion
2008 USATF National Junior Olympic Pole Vault Champion
American Junior Outdoor Pole Vault Record (14-4 1/2)
Pan Am Junior Meet Record (14-1 1/2)
USA Junior Championships Meet Record (13-11 1/4)
USATF American Youth Pole Vault Record (13-9 3/4)
USATF National Junior Olympic Pole Vault Record (13-9 3/4)

Third-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American (2010)
First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District VII (2010, 2011)
Second-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District VII (2009)
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

NCAA Championships
2011 (O): PV, 14-1 1/4 (5th)
2011 (I): PV, 14-3 1/4 (3rd)

2010 (O): PV, 13-9 1/4 (6th)
2010 (I): PV, 13-11 1/4 (10th)
2009 (O): PV, NH
2009 (I): PV, 12-11 1/2 (14th)
2008 (O): PV, 13-1 1/2 (t-15th)

Big 12 Championships
2011 (O): PV, 14-2 1/2 (1st)
2011 (I): PV, 14-4 (1st)

2010 (O): PV, 13-11 (2nd)
2010 (I): PV, 14-0 1/2 (2nd)
2009 (O): PV, 13-11 1/4 (1st)
2009 (I): PV, 13-10 (1st)
2008 (O): PV,  13-1 1/2 (2nd)
2008 (I): PV, 13-0 3/4 (2nd)

2011 (Senior)
Natalie Willer capped her Nebraska career with two All-America honors, a pair of Big 12 titles, a second straight CoSIDA Academic All-America award and she was name NU Women’s Student Athlete of the Year in 2011… opened the year with a vault of 14-1 ¼ to win the Holiday Inn Invitational, which automatically qualified her for the NCAA Indoor Championships… broke her own school record of 14-3 ¼ by one-quarter inch at the Texas A&M Challenge with a vault of 14-3 ½… took the bar up even higher at the Big 12 Indoor Championships with a meet-record vault of 14-4… win helped the Husker women earn their conference best sixth indoor title and their first since 2005… secured her first career indoor All-America award with a third-place vault of 14-3 ¼, which marked her highest career finish at the NCAA Championships… started the outdoor season off slow as her highest vault during her first four meets was 13-9 ¼ at the WSU Classic to open the season… cleared 14-1 ¼ to win at the Drake Relays for the third straight year… made Big 12 history at the outdoor conference meet her winning vault of 14-2 ½… became the first female vaulter in the Big 12 era to sweep the vault twice, as she also won both the indoor and outdoor crowns in 2009… competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the fourth straight year and earned All-America accolades for the second straight year with a fifth-place vault of 14-1 ¼… selected as the NU Women’s Student Athlete of the Year at the athletic department’s annual academic banquet… was honored as a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American after being named a third-team honoree in 2010.

2010 (Junior)
Willer earned her first career All-America honor in 2010 with a sixth-place finish in the pole vault at the NCAA Outdoor Championships... cleared 13-7 1/4 or better at all five of her reguar-season indoor meets... vaulted 13-11 1/4 at the Bill Bergan Invitational to automatically qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships... improved on her winning vault of 13-10 at the 2009 Big 12 Indoor Championships with a season best of 14-0 1/2 at the 2010 championships, but had to settle for second-place to Texas Tech's Shade Weygandt... posted her top finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a 10th-place mark of 13-11 1/4... opened the outdoor season with a winning vault of 14-0 at the Jim Click Shootout... won both the open and invitational divisions of the vault at the KU Relays, including a season best of 14-1 1/4 during the invitational round... finished second to Weygandt at the outdoor conference meet... cleared 13-9 1/4 at the NCAA West Regional to finish seventh and earn a bid to the national meet... was one of seven vaulters to clear 13-9 1/4 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships... took sixth place on misses... was named a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American.

2009 (Sophomore) Willer rewrote the record books in 2009, as she set eight pole vault records throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons... started the indoor season with three straight victories, including a school-record vault of 13-9 3/4 to start the year at the Holiday Inn Invitational, breaking Jenny Green and Jessie Graff's 2004 record of 13-9 1/4... improved the record the following week at the Conference Challenge with a clearance at 14-0... suffered her first loss of the year at the Tyson Invitational, where she placed second with a vault of 13-11 1/4... won her first Big 12 title in College Station, Texas, vaulting 13-10... joined Green (2005 and 2006) and Christi Lehman (2003) as the only Huskers to win the indoor pole vault title during the Big 12 era... moved onto the NCAA Indoor Championships, but struggled to clear 12-11 1/2, finishing 14th... broke the Ed Weir Stadium record at her second meet of the outdoor season, the Nebraska Invitational, with a vault of 14-0 1/2, bettering the previous record of 14-0, set by Becky Holiday of Oregon in 2002... improved her indoor school record the following week at the John McDonnell Invitational, as weather forced the event indoors, where she vaulted 14-3 1/4... broke both the American Junior and Drake Relays record with a winning vault of 14-3 1/2... took down Brysun Stately's 2007 outdoor school record and bettered her own American Junior record at the Concordia Twilight with a clearance at 14-4 1/2... swept the 2009 Big 12 pole vault titles with a win at the outdoor conference meet in Lubbock, Texas, clearing 13-11 1/4 to join Green as the only Husker (mens or womens) in the Big 12 era to sweep the conference pole vault titles... placed third at the NCAA Midwest Regional to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships... was unable to find her groove at the national meet, as she failed to clear the opening height... continued to compete following the collegiate season... earned a trip to the Pan-Am Junior Championships as a member of Team USA with a meet-record vault of 13-11 1/4 at the USA Junior Championships, topping the previous record of 13-10, held by Rachel Laurent... led Team USA to a 1-2 finish at the Pan-Am meet in Port of Spain, Trinidad... cleared a meet record of 14-1 1/4 to break Alicia Rue's 2007 record of 13-9 1/4.

2008 (Freshman)
Willer had a breakout season under Pole Vault Coach Kris Grimes, as she finished runner-up at both conference meets, earned a berth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and set the USATF National Junior Olympic pole vault record... posted four victories during the indoor season at the Holiday Inn Invite (12-3 1/2), adidas Classic (12-0), Nebraska Last Chance (13-1 1/2) and Iowa State Last Chance (13-1)... finished runner-up at the Big 12 Indoor Championships to senior Kate Sultanova of Kansas with a vault of 13-0 3/4... won the Nebraska Invitational during the outdoor season with a vault of 12-1 1/2... finished runner-up to Sultanova at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships with a vault of 13-1 1/2... set a then-outdoor-personal best at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a vault of 13-3 3/4 to finish fifth and automatically qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships... tied for 15th at the national meet by reaching a height of 13-1 1/2... following the collegiate season, she shattered the national youth record in the pole vault by four and one-half inches at the USATF National Junior Olympics with a vault of 13-9 3/4... posted the No. 11 vault in the world on the under-20 list in 2008.

Before Nebraska (Elkhorn HS)

Willer won the 2007 Nebraska Class A and All-Class gold medals in both the pole vault (12-0) and the long jump (18-4 1/4) under Coach Linda Gdowski... vault at the state meet set the Class A state meet record... set the Nebraska Class A record (12-10) at the 2007 Nebraska District A-1 meet, the second-highest vault by a Nebraska prep behind former Husker great Jenny Green... improved career best in the postseason to 13-1 1/2 at the USA Junior Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., to garner the bronze medal... eighth-highest prep vaulter in the United States in 2007... won the 2007 Kansas Relays with a meet record 12-4... vaulted 11-9 3/4 to win the young women's pole vault at the 2007 USA Youth Track and Field Championships... named the 2007 Gatorade Nebraska Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year... 2006 Class A pole vault champion (11-8)... chose Nebraska over Kansas State.

Personal

Parents are Jeff and Michele Willer... born Feb. 10, 1990... major is biological sciences.

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