Senior Pole Vaulter Launching Herself To New Heights

Jan. 15, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Natalie Dye, the track and field team's most accomplished pole vaulter, will travel without her team this weekend to attend the U.S. Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev. The two-day event will include lectures and training sessions on Friday and will conclude with a full day of competition on Saturday.

Dye travels to the competition as the school's record holder in the pole vault. She set the 12-6 indoor record last season at the Maryland Invitational, a height she tied last week at the Delaware Invitational. Dye holds the all-time outdoor pole vaulting record as well, at 11-11 ľ, which she set at the Penn State Outdoor meet as a sophomore and tied last season at the James Madison Invitational. A Baltimore native, Dye was an Academic All-American and an NCAA provisional qualifier in 2002. She finished last year's season ranked second in the ACC and qualified for the ECAC championships.

Laying the groundwork for an excellent collegiate career, Dye had much success in her track before Maryland, as she was a four-year letter-winner at Middletown High School, captain of her team, and an All-America selection. Additionally, she held the 2A state record in the pole vault and was valedictorian of her graduating class.

In attending the U.S. Pole Vault Summit, Dye will have the opportunity to learn, observe and compete with some of the world's best coaches and athletes. Several renowned guest speakers will hold lectures for the athletes, including Jimmy Carnes, former Olympic coach and Executive Director of USA Track Coaches Association, and Ralph Lindeman, 2004 Olympic coach and head coach of the U.S. Air Force Military Academy. Training and technique analysis sessions will also be held, adding to the value of this unique learning opportunity.

Following this weekend's competition, Dye will rejoin her team at the Maryland Invitational on Jan. 25, which will be the Terps' final home meet of the indoor season.