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McKell Poulson Merkley Athlete Profile

McKell Poulson Merkley

McKell Poulson Merkley
Position: All Around Height: 5-6 Roster Years: 2007-2010 Hometown: Payson, UT Last School: Payson High School

Academic All-America

  • 2007 Academic All-American


  • Daughter of Kris and Sheri Poulson
  • Odest of four children
  • Majored in psychology
  • Married to Deryl Merkley
  • Enjoys reading, boating and riding four wheelers
  • Favorite foods are chicken and manicotti
  • Likes to listen to country music
  • Graduated high school with honors and was a member of the National Honor Society

Before BYU

  • Trained at Nebo Gymnastics in Payson
  • Level 10 competitor
  • Placed third in the all-around at 2006 state championships


Career Highs:

Bars: 9.850 at SUU 3/22/10
Floor: 9.350 at Cancun Classic 1/2/09

2007 | Freshman Year

  • Competed in every meet on bars
  • Finished in third place on bars at the Cancun Classic in the first meet of the season
  • Topped the 9.700 mark on the event eight times during the season
  • Posted a 9.775 score on the event three times (1/5, 1/22, 2/26)
  • Recorded a career-best 9.825 on bars against Oregon State and Utah State (3/9)
  • Academic All-American

2008 | Sophomore Year

  • Lead-off competitor on bars for BYU in every meet
  • Recorded at least 9.700 seven different times throughout the season
  • Posted a season-best 9.775 on bars against Arizona/CSF (3/21)

2009 | Junior Year

  • Team co-captain
  • Competed in the first two meets of the year before suffering a season-ending injury
  • Season highs of 9.500 on bars and 9.350 on floor

2010 | Senior Year

  • Team captain
  • Competed in every meet as the Cougars' bar specialist
  • Scored a career-high 9.850 against SUU (3/22)
  • Led the Cougars on bars with the team-high bar score four times during the season