Merritt Van Meter
Merritt Van Meter

RS Junior

Metairie, La.

High School:
Country Day

Last College:
North Carolina


Pole Vault



2013-14 Student-Athletes Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

Mandelbaum and Doss named Female and Male Athletes of the Year, Schelske and Schmidt earned Female and Male Scholar Athletes of the Year Honors and Magee and Walker receive the James W. Wilson, Jr. Award


Men's T&F Put on Strong Showing at LSU Alumni Gold

Frano, Lozes, White, Breaux please Coach Peterson with their performances on the day


T&F Look to Build Off Last Week's Dominating Performances at Southeastern Lion Invitational, LSU Alumni Gold

Team set 16 personal records last week at South Alabama Invitational


Breaux, Lapucha, Frano, Quincy, McMillan All Win Respective Event Titles at South Alabama Invitational

All set personal bests during their performances


New Events in Store for Some T&F Athletes at the South Alabama Invitational

Squad looks to gain steam in a meet close to home before heading to the C-USA Championships

Van Meter's Career Best Performances
Event Time (Date)
Pole Vault 4.27m (14-0) (1/25/14)
Pole Vault 4.11m (13-5.75) (4/6/13)
Javelin 31.22m (102-5) (3/29/14)

2013-14 (Redshirt Junior)

Indoor Track and Field: A USTFCCCA Second-Team All-American in the pole vault...earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors...competed in five regular-season meets, as well as the Conference USA Indoor Championships and the NCAA Indoor National Championships, the lone Green Wave track and field athlete to do so during the season...participated only in the pole vault...became just the fifth multi-All-American in Tulane history after placing 16th at the NCAA Indoor National Championships (3/14) with a leap of 4.00 meters (13-1.5)...earned the Conference USA Gold Medal in the pole vault at the C-USA Indoor Championships (3/1), leaping 4.15 meters (13-7.25) for first place...broke her own school record by leaping 4.27 meters (14-0) for a second-place finish at the Cherry and Silver Invitational (1/25)...named the Conference USA Track and Field Co-Athlete of the Week (1/28) as well as the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month (2/13) after her record-setting leap...leapt 4.16 meters (13-7.75) for a third-place finish at the UAB Blazer Indoor Invitational (1/10)...won the event title at the BSC Panther Icebreaker (12/6/13) with a jump of 4.00 meters (13-1.5)...placed second at the LSU Twilight (2/21) with a jump of 3.84 meters (12-7.25)...owned the top seven pole vault marks on the season by the team.

Outdoor Track and Field: Competed in one regular-season meet on the season...participated solely in the javelin...recorded a personal-best toss of 31.22 meters (102-5) for a fifth-place finish at the Tulane Team Challenge (3/29).

Earned Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll honors.

2012-13 (Redshirt Sophomore)

Indoor Track and Field: Posted results in six regular season meets as well as the Conference USA Championship...also competed in the NCAA Indoor Championships, but did not post a result...competed in the pole vault only...set the school record on three different occasions in the pole vault...ultimately notched a 4.23m (13' 10.5") at the Tyson Invitational (2/8/13)...mark at the Tyson Invitational was the top mark in Conference USA during the regular season...notched a 4.05m (13' 3.5") at the New Mexico Classic (2/2/13)...posted the first 4.00m jump in school history during her first meet at the Panther Ice Breaker (12/1/12) with a 4.00m (13' 1.5")...tied that jump at the LSU Last Chance Qualifier (3/1/13)...also competed at the Cherry and Silver Invitational (1/20/13, 3.95m or 12' 11.5") and the Conference USA Championships (2/23/13 or 3.74m or 12' 3.75").

Outdoor Track and Field: A USATFCCCA Outdoor All-American honorable mention team member...a First Team All-Louisiana Team Member in the pole vault...posted results in four regular season meets, as well as the Conference USA Outdoor Championships, NCAA East Regionals and NCAA Outdoor National Championships...competed only in the pole vault, and got a late start to the outdoor season after competing in the NCAA Indoor National Championships...became the first Greenie to compete in the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships in the same event during the same season since 2001...was a Conference USA Gold Medalist after notching a jump of 4.02 meters (13' 2.25") at the C-USA Outdoor Championships...tied for first at the NCAA East Regionals with a jump of 4.10 meters (13' 5.25")...notched a jump of 3.90 meters (12' 9.5") at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships, placing 19th overall...broke the outdoor school record with a leap of 4.11 meters (13' 5.75") at the Sun Angel Classic (4/6)...leapt 4.07 meters (13' 4.25") at the LSU Alumni Gold (4/20)...notched jumps of 3.98 meters (12' 0.75") at the Stanford Invitational (3/29) and 3.95 meters (12' 11.5") at the Samford Invitational (4/27).

Earned Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll honors.

2011-12 (Sophomore)

Indoor Track and Field: Did not compete during the season.

Outdoor Track and Field: Did not compete during the season. Earned Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and was a member of the Tulane 3.0 Club.

2010-01 (Freshman)

University of North Carolina: Spent on season on campus for the Tar Heels...competed in the pole vault...ranked second on the team in the event during the season...ranked 37th nationally during the indoor season in the pole vault...during the indoor season she cleared a season-best height of 4.05-meters to place third at the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships... her season-best clearance during the outdoor season also came at the ACC Championships, finishing fourth, with a height of 3.96-meters.

About Merritt Van Meter

Prep: Lettered six years in track and field while at Metairie Park Country Day, and lettered one year for The Thatcher School in California...named the Gatorade/ESPN RISE Louisiana Track and Field Athlete of the Year as a senior...named Metro Field Performer of the Year by the Times-Picayune as a senior...competed in multiple events for the Cajuns...led the nation with a height of 4.17-meters in the pole vault during her senior season...set the LHSAA State record with her vault of 4.17-meters...helped the Cajuns to a fourth place showing at the 20010 LHSAA 1A State Track and Field Championships...won the state title in the pole vault and placed second in the 200-meter dash and the long jump at the LHSAA 1A meet...owns the school record in the pole vault, long jump, high jump and 200-meter dash...qualified for state every year except the year she spent at The Thatcher School, including her first state meet apperance while in the sixth grade, competing in the 400 meter dash, the high jump and the 4 x 400 meter relay...her first state qualification in the pole vault was in the eighth grade.

Personal: Born Merritt Grace Van Meter on January 8, 1992...the daughter of Marianne and the late Cliff Van Meter...has one brother, Cliff, and one sister, Logan Jade...her grandfather, Cliff, graduated from Tulane in 1949 and father, Cliff, Jr., completed his degree from Tulane in 1977...both her father and grandfather played football at Tulane...her grandfather led the team in total offense in 1946, played on the 1949 SEC Championship squad and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers...her father played two seasons with the Green Wave in football.