One week after running season-best 800m in California, Neal tops time at Billy Hayes Invitational
First-Place Record Holder - Outdoor Pole Vault Second Highest Mark - Indoor Pole Vault Freshman Record Holder - Indoor Pole Vault Freshman Record Holder - Outdoor Pole Vault
2011 (Junior):Indoor - Had her best mark of the season at the Rod McCravy Memorial, clearing 12-02.75/3.73m ... Finished in a tie for second at the Kentucky Invitational ... Finished 12th at the SEC Championships. Outdoor - Set the school record, along with teammate Shelby Kennard, with a mark of 12-08.00/3.86m at the SEC Championships, finishing in a tie for 10th ... Finished sixth at the Kentuckiana Border Battle ... Came in 12th at the Florida Relays ... Competed at the NCAA East Preliminaries, finishing in 24th with a height of 12-01.50/3.70m. 2010 (Sophomore):Indoor - Set a then school-record height of 12-10.00 at the Tyson Invitational ... Recorded a then personal-best of 12-01.50/3.70m for a fourth-place finish at the Kentucky Invitational. Outdoor - Claimed second in the pole vault at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge, clearing 12-00.00/3.66m ... Equaled her own school record in the pole vault with a mark of 12-07.50/3.85m to finish in a tie for third at the Jesse Owens Track Classic ... Finished 30th in the pole vault at the 2010 NCAA East Preliminary round, clearing 11-09.75/3.60m.
2009 (Freshman):Indoor - At SEC Championships, tied the freshman indoor mark held by teammate Mary Chris Durham, clearing the bar at 11-11.75 to rank third all-time at UK. Outdoor - Set the UK pole vault freshman record on three separate occasions in debut season in the Blue and White ... Set the record for a final time at the Sea Ray Relays, clearing 11-11.75 that ranks third all-time in school history ... At Florida Relays, improved upon early-season mark by half of a foot in two weeks by clearing 11-7.75, topping her initial freshman standard ... Broke the pole vault freshman record in first career outdoor meet, clearing a height of 11-1.75 on the second attempt to finish seventh overall at the Baldy Castillo Invitational ... Cleared 12-0 mark in offseason over summer of 2009.
High School: Named to Kentucky All-State First Team as a senior...Ranked first in the pole vault in the state of Kentucky as a senior ... In 2008, placed second in the pole vault at the Kentucky state championships after placing third her junior year and sixth as a sophomore ... Placed 11th in pole vault at USATF Junior Olympics as a senior ... As a junior, clinched third in pole vault at USATF Youth Outdoor Championships and sixth at the AAU Junior Olympics ... Claimed first in pole vault at Kentucky Region 5 AAA Championships as a senior and junior and ranked third as a sophomore ... Owns pole vault record for the school (11-7) and the city (10-9) ... Won pole vault championship at UT Volunteer Track Classic as a senior and placed second at UK High School Invitational the same year ...Won four high school team awards at Dunbar including Outstanding Jumper of the Year in 2007 and 2008 ... Track and field team won Kentucky state championship in 2005 ... Team also won district and Region 5 championships all four years ... Coached by Killian Timoney at Dunbar and UK track alumnus Ray Sabbatine at Kentucky Elite Athletics ... Also coached by Paul Babits of Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Masters World Record Holder in the pole vault) ... Named to KTCCCA All-State Academic Team as a senior ... Participated in gymnastics for 11 years on private club team under current UK gymnastics coach Mo Mitchell ...Member of National Honor Roll as freshman and senior ... Honor Roll all four years ...Member of French Honor Society.
Personal: Full name is Samantha Nicole Stenzel...Born July 20, 1990 in Lexington, Ky....Parents are Kurt and Denise Stenzel...Has one brother, Jake ...Nickname is "Sam" ... Major is biology.