Isenbarger becomes first Hilltopper since 2016 to qualify for NCAA Athletics Championship –


Arthur H. Trickett-Wile

WKU Hilltoppers senior Katie Isenbarger shares an exciting moment with track and field cross country head coach Brent Chumbley after setting a personal best high jump at the Lenny Lyles Invitational track and field meet on Saturday January 28, 2022 at the Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

WKU Track & Field announced Tuesday that senior Katie Isenbarger has become the first female WKU athlete since 2016 to qualify for the NCAA track and field championship. She will compete in the women’s high jump final on March 12 in Birmingham, Ala.

Isenbarger is the first to qualify for the high jump and only the third woman since 2000 to qualify for a field event at nationals. Isenbarger set four of the five best indoor high jump scores in program history, including a record six-footer that earned him a berth in national championships.

Most recently, Isenbarger won a bronze medal at the 2022 Conference USA Indoor Championships and placed third on the All C-USA team. Isenbarger is the first NCAA Championship contender under director of cross country/track and field Brent Chumbly, both indoors and outdoors.

Isenbarger will compete on March 12 at the Birmingham Crossplex at 12:30 p.m.

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