Christen Guenther Athlete Profile

Christen Guenther

Position: Pole Vault Height: 5-6 Roster Years: 2009-2012 Hometown: Lake Quivira, KS Last School: Shawnee Mission NW High School



All-America

  • 2012 10th Pole Vault (Indoor)

Personal

  • Born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Parents are Ann and Brad Botteron
  • Married BYU baseball player Wes Guenther in December 2010
  • Loves eating ice cream, enjoys listening to music and watching movies
  • Majoring in exercise science with a minor in music

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
  • Took second in the pole vault at the Kansas State Championships in 2008
  • Owns the school record in the pole vault
  • Named Female Athlete of the Year in 2007 and 2008
  • Three year letter winner in track and a four year letter winner in gymnastics
  • Selected as the co-captain of the gymnastics team her senior year
  • Honor roll student and member of the Chamber and Symphony Orchestra

Summary

  • BYU Indoor Record Holder (Pole Vault - 4.30m) 
  • BYU Outdoor Record Holder (Pole Vault - 4.25m, Shares record with Kari Clark)
  • Second Team All-American (Indoor Pole Vault 2012) 
  • MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete (2012)
  • All-MWC (Pole Vault 2011)

Stats

PERSONAL BESTS: Indoor Pole Vault- 4.30m, Outdoor Pole Vault- 4.25m


2009 | Freshman Year

Indoor:

  • Started indoor season with third place finish in the pole vault (3.50m) at the BYU Indoor Invite
  • Placed third at the Bengal Shootout with a vault of 3.51m
  • Placed seventh at the Air Force Invitational with an indoor season-best vault of 3.65m.

Outdoor:

  • Started outdoor with a fourth place vault at the Baldy Castillo Invitational (3.55m)
  • Vaulted to a first place finish at the Mark Faldmo Invitational (3.66m)
  • Grabbed third place at the Robison Invitational with a vault of 3.85m
  • Finished the season placing fifteenth at the West Regional with a vault of 3.81m.

2010 | Sophomore Year

Indoor:

  • Began the season with a fourth place finish in the pole vault at the BYU Indoor meet (3.65m)
  • Placed fourth at the Bengal Shootout with a vault of 3.66m...vaulted to third place at the Bronco Invitational, clearing a height of 3.70m
  • Competed at the New Balance Invitational, placing 14th in the pole vault (3.75m)
  • Cleared a season high 3.80m at the Air Force Invitational, placing fifth. 

Outdoor:

  • Did not compete.

2011 | Junior Year

Indoor:

  • Opened the season with a second place pole vault finish at the BYU Indoor Invitational (3.90m)
  • Cleared 4.00m in the pole vault to take fourth at the Cherry and Silver Invitational
  • Finished second in the pole vault at the MWC Indoor Championships after clearing a career best 4.22m
  • Competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Outdoor:

  • Finished second at the BYU Twilight Meet in the pole vault after clearing 4.00m
  • Took fourth at the MWC Outdoor Championships in the pole vault (3.83m).

2012 | Senior Year

Indoor: 

  • Won the pole vault at the first three indoor meets of the season, including victories at the Blue and Orange Opener (4.15m), Cherry and Silver Invitational (4.05m) and Air Force Team Challenge (4.05m) 
  • Set a personal best and a new BYU indoor record with a 4.30m vault at the New Balance Invitational. Finished second at the meet and became the first BYU vaulter to clear 14 feet 
  • Finished 10th in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a jump of 4.20m 

Outdoor:

  • Tied the BYU women's outdoor pole vault record at the Texas Relays clearing 4.25m
  • Won first place in the pole vault with a jump of 4.03m during the Georgia Tech Invitational
  • Placed first in the pole vault with a jump of 3.97m at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational
  • Placed second in the pole vault clearing 4.02m during the BYU Robison Invitational
  • Finished third in the pole vault at 4.00m at the Weber State Twilight