AS A JUNIOR: Converted to the throws from the pole vault ... top performance during the indoor season came in the weight throw at the Notre Dame Opener, when she posted a mark of 11.41m (37-5 ¼) ... focused on the hammer throw during the outdoor campaign ... top performance nearly qualified her for the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship ... threw 42.05m (137-11 ½) at the Hillsdale Gina Relays to miss the league qualifying mark by just 0.63m (2 ¾ inches).

AS A SOPHOMORE: Best performance of the 2005 track and field season came at the outdoor Indy Relays ... posted a vault of 2.90m (9-6 ¼) to finish second.

AS A FRESHMAN: Limited by injury during her freshman season ... competed in just one meet, finishing 12th in the outdoor pole vault (10-4, 3.15m) at the Purdue Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Enjoyed decorated high school career as a pole vaulter, shot putter, runner and hurdler... concentrated on 100- and 300-meter hurdle races as well the 400-meter event, in addition to two field events ... competed unattached as a senior and placed in 10 of 11 meets in the pole vault ... established Texas state record (has since been broken) in pole vault (3.56m, 11-8) as a junior ... that mark also set a new mark at Bishop Lynch High School ... also set conference record and Texas Association of Private Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 5A state record in pole vault (3.385m, 11-1 ¼) ... won 11 meets during junior season while competing a majority of the outdoor season with a torn left biceps and two stress fractures in her back ... earned all-state honors as a junior in the pole vault, as well as all-conference honors in that event and the 400 meters ... placed second at the Texas Relays in the pole vault, as well as the adidas Indoor Midwest Championships that same year ... Junior Olympic National Qualifier as a sophomore and junior in the pole vault ... in addition, earned Dyestat national rankings in that event during each of those two seasons ... great uncle, Jim Best played football at Northeastern University ... member of Student Council and Scholars Club ... born Oct. 9, 1984 ... daughter of Kitty and Randy Best ... only child ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters with a major in sociology.

Stephanie Best
Stephanie  Best


Dallas, TX

High School:
Bishop Lynch




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