High School: Pole vault specialist ... Connecticut state runner-up in indoor pole vault as a senior ... Also state runner-up in both indoor and outdoor pole vault as a junior ... Connecticut outdoor class LL champion in specialty during final season ... Three-time conference first team selection over final three years ... Also three-time second team conference selection over same span ... Holds pole vault records at school and the top indoor conference mark ... Track and field team was Connecticut state champions both his senior and junior years ... Also team Connecticut class LL champions his final two years ... Team also claimed four district championships during career ... Coached by Robert Murray and Scott Williams ... Played football freshman year.
Personal: Full name is Michael James Mendelsohn Jr. ... Born Sept. 12, 1990 in Danbury, Conn. ... Parents are Michael Mendelsohn Sr. and Lenore Richey ... Has five siblings: two brothers Shane (16) and Sam (9) and three sisters Katy (11), Abby (6) and Erica (6) ... Stepfather Phil Richey was an All-American in the 10K at Kennesaw State.
Personal Bests: Pole Vault - 14-6.