VERMILLION, S.D.--South Dakota boasts 139 student-athletes on The Summit League's Academic Honor Roll for the winter and spring seasons. Of those, 72 were also named to the Summit's Academic Distinguished Scholars List. Both numbers are second-highest in the league.
Bethany (Buell) Firsick won a national championship in the pole vault last year on a sprained ankle and a torn ligament in her shoulder. To get back to nationals to defend her title, she will have to qualify with a broken hand and with one practice day in the last six weeks.
2014 Finished second in the pole vault at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships with a height of 14-7¼ ... before the NCAA Indoor Championships, had the nation's top pole vault mark of 14-9½ ... finished sixth at the USATF Indoor Championships with mark of 14-9½ ... won the league indoor pole vault title and gained All-Summit League honors at the league indoor championships... also recorded wins at the Iowa State Classic and Bill Bergan Invitational ... placed second at the Dakota Realty Alumni Meet ... redshirted outdoor season ... named to Academic All-Summit team during indoor track season...also named to the Summit League honor roll, earning Distinguished Scholar status ... named to the Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence
2013 Earned her second straight first team All-America honor by placing seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. with a season-best height of 14 feet, 1¼ inches...finished third at the Summit League Outdoor Championships to gain All-Summit League honors...won pole vault at five meets, including the U/O class at the Mt. SAC Relays and at the Long Beach Invite on back-to-back days...redshirted the indoor season...named to Academic All-Summit League team during the outdoor season...named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team...named to Summit League Academic Honor Roll with Distinguished Scholar status and to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.
2012 Made immediate impact as freshman pole vaulter...joined teammate Bethany Buell as the first South Dakota athletes to earn All-American First-Team status at Division I national meet..recorded a vault of 13-11 at NCAA National Championships to take seventh to earn All-American honors...qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the pole vault...earned All-Summit League honors after taking second in pole vault at outdoor championships with a vault of 13-5...won section of pole vault at prestigious Texas Relays...finished with four event wins at the season...earned All-Summit League honors indoors after taking second in pole vault at indoor championships...earned Summit League Athlete of the Week honors (1/17/12)...tied school record indoors of 13-7 twice... named to Academic All-Summit League team, earning Distinguished Scholar's List.
Prep Two-time Illinois state champion in the pole vault and arrives as one of the top prep pole vaulters in the nation...set Illinois state record in the pole vault at 13 feet, 5 inches...also placed seventh in the 4x200-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay...as a sophomore finished fourth in the pole vault at the state meet...also participated in cross country and volleyball
Personal Daughter of Doug and Brenda Grove...kinesiology and sports science major with a minor in coaching.