Keisa Monterola (born 26 February 1988) is a Venezuelan athlete specializing in the pole vault. She won silver medal at the 2005 World Youth Championships in Marrakech.
Her personal best jump is 4.33 metres outdoors (2011) and 4.37 metres indoors (2012).
BiographySource: Eastern Washingtom Website
All-Big Sky Accolades: 2014 Indoor: Champion in Pole Vault. 2013 Outdoor: Champion in Pole Vault. 2012 Outdoor: Champion in Pole Vault. 2012 Indoor: Champion in Pole Vault.
2012-13: Indoor: Monterola cleared three heights in the pole vault during the indoor season, with her best mark of 12-10 1/4 coming at the UW Husky Classic. She was unable to defend her indoor title in the vault at the BSC Indoor Championships as she no-heighted. Monterola also competed in the long jump as she hit her longest mark of 17-4 3/4 at the Montana State Open. Outdoor: She defended her title in the pole vault at the BSC Outdoor Championships, clearing the bar at 13-3 1/2. She went on to compete at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, but failed to clear a height.
2011-12: Indoor: Monterola exploded onto the Big Sky scene, breaking the Eastern school record and Big Sky Conference indoor record in the pole vault with a jump of 14-4 at the UW Invitational. That mark automatically qualified her for the NCAA Championships, where she placed fifth overall with a mark of 14-1 1/4, good for All-America honors. She won the Big Sky title in the pole vault with an effort of 14-2, winning by over a foot and earning her the womenâ€™s Most Outstanding Athlete of the Meet award at the BSC Championships. Monterola also competed in the long jump at the Indoor Championships, placing fourth overall with a jump of 18-3 to rank ninth all-time at Eastern. Prior to the NCAA Championships, she had won the pole vault at all eight meets she attended during the indoor season. She was named the Big Sky Womenâ€™s Field Athlete of the Week three separate times in the 2011-12 indoor season. Outdoor: Monterola won the pole vault at the BSC Outdoor Championships with a jump of 13-7 1/4. Her season-best of 14-0 came at the Pelluer Invite, breaking the school record by over nine inches. That performance earned Monterola Big Sky Womenâ€™s Field Athlete of the Week honors. She finished 11th at the NCAA D1 West Preliminary Round, earning a bid to the NCAA National Championships. Prior to Nationals, an unfortunate family emergency caused Monterola to withdraw from the meet. She was unable to meet the Olympic B standard of 14-5 1/4 prior to the London Olympic Games.
Clackamas CC: Monterola placed first in the pole vault at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Championships while competing for Clackamas Community College. She had a personal-best vault of 14-2 1/2 â€“ a mark that improved her Venezuelan national record. She also placed first in the long jump with a mark of 18-0 1/2. Monterola also claimed titles at the 2009 NWAACC Championships in the pole vault (12-8 1/4) and the long jump (17-8 1/4).
National Career: While utilizing her redshirt season in 2010, Monterola won the gold medal at the Central America and Caribbean Games, where she set the games record with a mark of 13-9 1/4. In high school, Monterola was the 2005 IAAF World Youth silver medalist and South American Junior Champion. She cleared 13-11 1/4 in both competitions, setting new meet records in both. Monterola is also the owner of the Venezuela national record. She has competed for her country on numerous occasions, including the Pan American Games in the fall of 2012. She placed fifth with a mark of 14-1 1/4.
Personal: Interdisciplinary Studies major. Born 2/26/88 in Caracas, Venezuela. Her parents are Ysrael Monterola and Leyda Suarez.