Katerina Vodova has joined the Tulane Green Wave track and field team for the 2015 season
NEW ORLEANS - One week after announcing one of the larger recruiting classes in recent memory, the Tulane track and field team added to that group by picking up transfer Katerina Vodova, who starred at East Tennessee State for the last three seasons.
Vodova will transfer in as a graduate student, and therefore, will be immediately eligible for the 2015 season.
Vodova will bring a slew of talent from many different events to the table for the Green Wave, as she is highly skilled in the high jump, long jump, pole vault and the heptathlon. A native of Humpolec, Czech Republic, she comes to Tulane with a lengthy list of accomplishments.
"Katerina is a talented and versatile athlete," stated Tulane track and field director Eric Peterson. "Her unique skill set will add a lot depth to our team in the long jump and pole vault and fill a gap for us in the high jump. We are excited about her potential to contribute to our team."
A three-time Atlantic Sun Field Athlete of the Week (two during the outdoor season and one during the indoor season), Vodova earned 2014 All A-Sun First-Team honors in the high jump and long jump during the 2014 indoor season, while also earning Most Outstanding Field Performer honors at the A-Sun Outdoor Championships this past May. At that meet, Vodova won the high jump event title with a leap of 1.76 meters (5-9.25) while also placing second in the javelin throw (39.79 meters or 130-6), the pole vault (3.81 meters or 12-6) and the long jump (5.90 meters or 19-4.25).
During this past indoor season, Vodova came away with the high jump and long jump event titles, while also placing fifth in the pole vault. Her high jump mark of 1.77 meters (5-9.75) at that meet set the A-Sun Indoor Championship meet record.
Her sophomore campaign saw solid results, as Vodova picked up the event title in the pentathlon at the A-Sun Indoor Championship, scoring 3,466 points. She earned First-Team All A-Sun honors in the event that season, as well.
Vodova burst onto the scene during her freshman campaign, picking up all-conference second team honors in the pentathlon, while also garnering third team recognition in the long jump. At the A-Sun Outdoor Championships that season, she captured the gold medal in the heptathlon with a point total of 5,152 points.
For her collegiate career, Vodova owns personal-best records of 1.77 meters (5-9.75) in the high jump, 3.81 meters (12-6) in the pole vault, 6.13 meters (20-1.5) in the long jump, 12.39 meters (40-7.75) in the shot put, 33.95 meters (111-5) in the discus, 39.79 meters (130-6) in the javelin and 5,208 points in the heptathlon.
Vodova will join Madeline Held (Hoover, Alabama), Emily-Kathryn Hoey (Diamond Bar, California), Emma Newton (Hollis, New Hampshire), Jackie Esmay (Providence, Rhode Island), Skylin Harbin (Mission Hills, California), Lauren Bartels (San Antonio), Emily Bedell (Birmingham, Alabama), Merritt Miller (Fort Collins, Colorado), Rebecca Blitt (New Providence, New Jersey), Erika Chelales (Indianapolis), Jennifer LaMori (Santa Monica, California), Laura Krasovec (Media, Pennsylvania), Sara Foster (Northborough, Massachusetts) and Nicole Kauffman (Fort Morgan, Colorado) on the women's side. The men's track and field program have added Moses Aloiloi (Republic of Kenya), Chris Lowery (Oklahoma City), Charlie Frishberg (San Diego), Massimo Vancheri (Mandeville, Louisiana) and Dylan Angarella (Los Angeles.
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