Women's Track


  Kristen Bakanowski
Kristen Bakanowski

RS Senior

Northboro, Mass.

High School:
Algonquin Regional


Pole Vault/Sprints



2009 Kristen Bakanowski Photo Gallery

2009 Kristen Bakanowski Photo Gallery

2009 Photo Gallery

General: Ranks first all-time in indoor and outdoor pole vault ... Holds the third-ranked all-time pole vault mark (11-feet, 5.75 inches) in Atlantic 10 Championship history which she set during the 2006 outdoor season ... For the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships, set the record for the highest pole vault (12-feet, 6 inches) in 2008 as well as the third-highest pole vault (11-feet, 8 inches) in league championship history ... Holds the UMass school record for the indoor pole vault (12-feet, 11.75 inches) which she posted at the 2008 ECAC Championships ... Ranks first all-time at UMass in the outdoor pole vault (12-feet, 7.75 inches) which she set in 2008.

2007-08 (Redshirt Junior): Top pole vault athlete for the Minutewomen ... Outdoor Track: Recorded her second best jump of the season at the NCAA East Regional Championships (5/31), finishing tenth overall ... Ranked sixth at the New England Championships (5/10) with a mark of 10-7.75 to finish sixth ... At the Larry Ellis Invitational (4/19), recorded a jump of 11-11.75 to finish second overall ... Set a school record with a height of 12-feet, 7.5 inches at the UMass Invitational (4/12) ...To start the season at the UConn Invitational (4/5), finished second in the pole vault with a mark of 11-feet, 5.75 inches ... Indoor Track: Won an ECAC pole vault title with a height of 12-feet, 11.75 inchest to set a new school record (3/10) ... At the New England Championships (3/1), finished second overall with a mark of 12-feet, 3.5 inches ... Placed first at the Atlantic 10 Championships (2/16), for the third time in her career with a mark of 12-feet, 6 inches ... Earned UMass/Dinn Bros. Athlete of the Week on February 5 for her effort at the URI Invitational (2/3) ... At the URI Invitational, replaced her previous school record with a height of 12-01.50, finishing first overall.

2006-07 (Junior): Medically redshirted the indoor and outdoor track seasons.

2005-06 (Sophomore): Won the A-10 Indoor and Outdoor pole vault championships ... Also won the New England Outdoor Pole Vault title ... Outdoor Track: Finished outdoor season ranked 16th in the East Region and 105th nationally ... Won the pole vault in five meets during the outdoor season and in five meets during the indoor season ... Competed all season despite a nagging ankle injury on her plant foot ... Outdoor Track: Tied for 16th at the NCAA East Regional (5/28) with her top height of the season at 12-feet even - that mark is second-best height in school history ... Cleared 12-feet to win the New England Championships (5/13) ... Won the Atlantic 10 (5/7) title clearing 11-feet, 5.75 inches ... Named UMass Athlete of the Week (5/8) for picking up A-10 title ... Indoor Track: Won the A-10 Championships (2/18) with a height of 11-feet, 8 inches and finished 12th overall in the 200 meters (26.42 seconds) ... Placed third at the New England Championships (2/25) in the pole vault (11-9.75) ... Top height of the season was 12-feet which she cleared at the Boston University Indoor Games (1/27) ... Competed at the ECAC Championship meet (3/5) but failed to clear a height.

2004-05 (Freshman): Made an immediate impact as the team's top pole vaulter and one of the top sprinters ... Won the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships (2/19) in the pole vault with her height of 11-feet, 3.75 inches ... Won the New England Indoor Championship (2/26) pole vault title when she cleared 11-feet, 9.75 inches ... Finished second during the outdoor season in the pole vault at the New England Outdoor Championships (5/16) ... Tied for 16th at the ECAC Indoor Championships (3/6) with her mark of 11-feet, 7.75 inches ... Tied the UMass indoor pole vault record when she cleared 12-feet even at Boston University Quad Meet (1/18) and at the Boston University Valentine Invitational (2/12) ... Also at the Valentine Invitational, took third in her section running her season-best 26.03 second 200-meter dash ... Twice named the ECAC Field Athlete of the Week, the A-10 Rookie of the Week and the UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week for her performance for the weeks ending on Jan. 26 and Feb. 15 ... During the outdoor season, cleared 12-feet, the second-best height in program history, two more times to match her personal-best for both seasons ... Took second at the New England Championships (5/14) where she cleared 12-feet ... Named the A-10 Rookie of the Week when she cleared 12-feet even at the UConn Select Invitational (4/23) ... Narrowly missed outdoor A-10 honors taking third-place with 10-feet, 11.75 inches ... Also competed on the 4x100, 4x400 and distance medley relays.

Before UMass: 2004 Indoor Track and Field All-American under the guidance of head coach Lisa Delia Danielson ... Finished fourth at the Indoor National Championship meet and eighth in the Outdoor National Championship meet in the pole vault ... New England (2003, 2004), Massachusetts and Central Massachusetts champion in the pole vault ... Also won the Central Massachusetts title in the 200 meters ... Holds regional records in the pole vault and the 200 meters ... Also has the indoor Class C state record in the 300 meters ... Eight-time league all-star ... Two-time team MVP and served as captain during her senior season.

Personal: Kristen N. Bakanowski ... Daughter of James and Karen Bakanowski ...Born June 15, 1986 in Worcester, Mass. ... Has two siblings, Jason and Brittany ... Majoring in psychology.

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