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  Michael Ponikvar
Michael Ponikvar

Player Profile

St. Catherines, Ontario

High School:
Denis Morris

High Jump


Two-Time All-American

Stanford: The three-time Pacific-10 champion in the high jump will set his sights on a fourth conference title and fourth All-America honor.

2002 Track & Field Season (Junior): Won the Pac-10 high jump title for the third time in his career leading the Cardinal to its second consecutive conference crown … Finished third at the NCAA Championships with a season-best of 7-4 1/2 (2.25m) to earn his third All-American honor.

2001 Track & Field Season (Sophomore): The Pac-10 champion in the high jump … Jumped a career-best 7-4 1/2 to win the conference title for the second time … Gained All-America honors at the NCAA Championships by placing eighth with a leap of 7-3 … Finished first at the Cal/Nevada Championships after clearing 7-3 1/2 … Ranked #2 in the high jump on Stanford’s all-time top-ten list.

2000 Track & Field Season: Redshirted to train for the Olympics.

1999 Track & Field Season (Freshman): The Pac-10 champion in the high jump (7-0 1/2) … He became the school’s first Pac-10 high jump champion since Brian Marshall in 1988 … Jumped a freshman school record 7-3 at the Big Meet.

High School: The Canadian high school record holder and state champion in the high jump … Won the gold medal in the high jump at the Junior Pan Am Championships in 1997 at 7-4 1/2 … At the 1998 Junior World Championships, placed second in the high jump, following a fourth place showing the year before as a junior … Attained a perfect 4.0 GPA at Denis Morris High School.

Cardinal Catalogue: Biological sciences major … A 2001 & 2002 Pacific-10 Track & Field All-Academic selection … A 2001 MPSF Indoor Track & Field All-Academic selection … Parents are Born December 26, 1979.

Collegiate Career Bests: High jump (7-5, 2.26m)