Karlie Place
Karlie  Place


River Falls, Wis.

High School:
River Falls HS

Last College:

Pole Vault



2017-18 – Senior Season: Transferred to Minnesota after beginning her collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

2016-17 – Junior Season: Competed for the Panthers in pole vault at seven indoor meets • took third in pole vault at the Horizon League Indoor Championships, clearing a season-best mark of 3.77m (12-04.50) • did not compete during the outdoor season.

2015-16 – Sophomore Season: Had a breakout sophomore year at UW-Milwaukee, competing in pole vault at nine indoor meets and winning five titles • competed in triple jump at two indoor meets • Horizon League indoor pole vault champion with a PR of 3.80m (12-05.50) to rank third in UWM history • competed in pole vault at nine outdoor meets • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in pole vault, placing 33rd at 3.97m (13-00.25) • Horizon League outdoor pole vault champion • two-time Horizon League Field Athlete of the Week • ended the season with an outdoor PR of 4.06m (13-03.75) to set a new UWM outdoor program record.

2014-15 – Freshman Season: Began collegiate career at UW-Milwaukee • competed at seven indoor meets with seven appearances in pole vault, four in triple jump, one in the 55m dash, and one in the 200m • cleared a season-best height of 3.51m (11-06.25) to win pole vault at the Panther Tune-Up (Feb. 20) • took sixth in pole vault and 12th in triple jump at the Horizon League Indoor Championships • competed at five outdoor meets with three appearances each in pole vault, triple jump, and javelin and one appearance in long jump • cleared a season-best 3.37m (11-00.75) at the EIU Big Blue Classic (April 4) • placed third in pole vault at Horizon League Outdoor Championships.

High School: A 2014 graduate of River Falls High School where she competed for coaches Matt Kumershek, Colleen Sowa Kopel, Kristi Kropp Wagner, Lauren Kiminski, and Shelly Loomis • three-sport athlete in varsity gymnastics, diving, and track & field • five-time WIAA Division 1 State Track & Field Championship qualifier • took 13th in pole vault and 22nd in the 4x100m relay as a senior, placed 11th in triple jump as a junior, and finished ninth in long jump and 15th in triple jump as a sophomore • 2013 Big Rivers Conference champion in pole vault and triple jump • three-time track & field team MVP • holds River Falls High School records in pole vault, triple, jump and the 4x100m relay • had high school personal-best mark of 11-03 in pole vault • served as team captain in gymnastics, helping the Wildcats to four conference titles and a state title as a junior • earned rookie of the year honors and served as team captain in diving.

Personal: Born November 9, 1995 • daughter of Lori and Brian Place • has two siblings, Kaitlynn and Alex • intends to study ICP design studies and business marketing education • enjoys photography, graphic design, kayaking, food, and animals • high school honor student.

Place's Indoor Career Bests (2017 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
Pole Vault 3.80m (12-05.50) Before Minnesota (2016)
Place's Outdoor Career Bests (2017 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
Pole Vault 4.06m (13-03.75) Before Minnesota (2016)


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