May 21, 2014
Heather Green with parents Jeff and Debbie Green at the 2014 Senior Night
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior Heather Green has become one of the top pole vaulters in school history, closing out her career in the black and gold with the No. 3 mark in Mizzou's record books (4.00m / 13-1.5).
Green arrived in Columbia from Jefferson High School in Jefferson City, Mo., where she was a five-time MSHSAA All-State finisher and member of three MSHSAA State Championship title-winning teams. As a Tiger, Green continued her success on the runway with a qualification to the 2012 and 2014 NCAA Championships First Rounds and a 2012 Outdoor All-Big finish.
Green earned three Academic All-Big 12 honors from 2010-12, and was on the 2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll. She graduated with a degree in Nutrition & Fitness, and is now in law school at Mizzou. She plans to complete her law degree in the next couple years and pursue a career in sports law.
HEATHER BY THE NUMBERS
No. 3 on the Mizzou All-Time Top Ten list for the pole vault
2010-12 Academic All-Big 12
IN HEATHER'S WORDS
Why she chose the pole vault...
Gymnastics - I did gymnastics for 13 years so, naturally, all my friends tried to convince me to pole vault and eventually I gave in. Gymnastics made for an easy transition into vaulting.
Her favorite memory before Mizzou...
There were a lot of great competitions in high school, but the state meet (although it didn't always go great for me) was always fun and exciting to attend.
On why she chose Missouri...
The environment - I met some of the athletes before my freshman year and they were very welcoming and open, and it just seemed like a good fit.
A key moment in her career when things began to "click"...
I'm constantly working on getting things to "click," but freshman year was definitely a big moment. I think for a lot of vaulters, their first year in college can be a struggle adjusting to new coaching and breaking old habits and really working on technique. But I struggled a lot in high school with injuries, so freshman year really worked out for me. I had a PR at the very first meet, and by the end of outdoor season I was jumping about a foot higher than I had in high school. So that was a big "click" for a try-out walk-on.
On indoor vs. outdoor...
I think for most outdoor is a little harder. There are more adjustments that you have to make and deal with since there is weather involved. The wind especially can be hard to adjust to after being inside for a whole season. But, when you get a good tailwind it can definitely lead to bigger jumps!
Her favorite Mizzou memory...
There have been a LOT of great moments on this team; it's hard to narrow down to just one.
Her experience at Mizzou outside of athletics...
For me, most of my experience at Mizzou outside of athletics was just school, and attending other Mizzou sporting events.
On the team...
This team is like a family to me. Being in sports, your teammates and coaches are some of the only people that understand what you do every day. They're the ones that are there through all the highs and lows that sports bring, especially in vaulting. I've made some of my best friends on this team.
I am currently in law school, so I plan to finish that up in the next couple years. I am interested in pursuing some sort of sports law.
Q & A by Josh McSwain, Student Writer
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