Sallie Gurganus
Sallie Gurganus

Hometown:
Todd, N.C.

High School:
Watauga

Height:
5-8

Event:
Pole Vault

Year (I/O):
Sr./Sr.


2009: NCAA East Region qualifier in the pole vault ... indoors, improved her mark each week, finishing with a personal best 13-2 1/4 to claim sixth at the NCAA Last Chance Meet ... opened the season with a third place finish at the Kentucky Invitational at 12-1 1/4 ... took 12th at the New Balance Collegiate at 12-5 1/2 before winning the Tiger Paw Invitational and the Gamecock Invitational ... outdoors, earned wins to open the season at the Shamrock Invitational and the Gamecock Invitational ... took third at the Pepsi Florida Relays at 13-1 1/2 ... placed fifth at the Sea Relays before winning the Friendship & Freedom Games ... claimed third at the Penn Relays at 12-11 1/2 ... won the UNC Elite Meet at 12-11 1/2 ... placed third at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a clearance of 13-1 1/2 ... ended the season with a no height at the NCAA East Region meet.

2008: NCAA East Region qualifier in the pole vault ... earned South Carolina's Coaches Award ... indoors, opened the season with a win at the UNC Classic at 11-7 ¾ ... recorded the same height for a sixth place finish at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic and the Rod McCravy Invitational ... placed fifth at the New Balance Invitational at 11-9 ¾ ... won the Tiger Invitational at an indoor season best 12-5 ½ ... second at the Gamecock Invitational ... placed 16th at the SEC Indoor Championships at 12-0 ½ ... finished 10th at the NCAA Last Chance Meet ... outdoors, recorded three victories with wins at the Weems Baskin Relays, Spec Towns Invitational and the Friendship and Freedom Games ... second at the Auburn Tiger Classic ... second at the Carolina Classic with a lifetime best 13-1 ½, a mark that is second all-time in South Carolina history ... placed seventh at the SEC Outdoor Championships at 12-1 ½ ... placed 10th at the NCAA East Regionals at 12-0.

2007: Indoors, vaulted the second-best mark in Carolina history at 12-8 1/4 to place sixth at the NCAA Last Chance meet ... took second at the Gamecock Invitational at 12-0 ... outdoors, placed second at the Hurricane Invite with a mark of 12-1 3/4 ... tied for ninth at the Jim Click Shootout at 11-7 3/4 ... recorded an 11-11 3/4 clearance to place seventh at the Weems Baskin Relays ... won the State USATF meet at 11-5 3/4 ... named runner-up at the Spec Towns National Invite before winning the NC A&T Invite ... tied for ninth at the SEC Championship at 11-7 3/4.

HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Daniel Isaacs and Randy MacDonough at Watauga High School ... lettered in volleyball (2004 and 2005) and track and field (2003 to 2006) ... earned all-state, all-region and all-conference honors in track from 2003 to 2006 ... gathered all-conference volleyball honors as a junior and senior ... five-time state champion in the pole vault holds the North Carolina state record in the event ... three-time track MVP ... volleyball MVP her senior year.

PERSONAL: Sallie Elizabeth Gurganus was born Jan. 10, 1988 ... parents are Cecil and Julie Gurganus ... a McKissick Scholar ... is pursuing a degree in exercise science ... hobbies are climbing, skiing, going to the beach and eating ... chose USC over Georgia, UNC, UCLA and Appalachian State.