2014 Second Team All-American (Pole Vault Outdoors, and Indoors)
2014 Pac-12 Champion
Puerto Rican National Record-Holder
Planell Cruz Features
» The Finishing Kick With Diamara Planell Cruz
2014: Won the Pac-12 pole vault title in her first year as a Dawg, and earned All-America Second Team honors both indoors and outdoors ... became UW’s first Pac-12 champ in the women’s vault since 2005, with a crucial final-attempt clearance of 14-0 1/2, a new career-best ... at the NCAA Outdoor meet in Eugene, she cleared 13-7 1/4 to tie for 10th-place overall and earn Second Team All-American ... repeatedly raised her own Puerto Rican National Record, setting the mark both indoors and outdoors ... currently sits third on the UW outdoor top-10 list ... reached her first NCAA Outdoors by advancing out of West Prelims without missing a jump, ultimately making 13-7 on one attempt ... opened her outdoor season with her first career 14-foot clearance, going 14-0 at the Trojan Invitational for the win ... second in the UW-WSU Dual on misses, clearing 13-1 3/4 ... also made 13-1 1/2 at the Mt. SAC Relays, placing fifth ... showed her athleticism with a third-place finish in the long jump in the UW-WSU Dual, going 18-11 1/4, the best mark on the team all year ... indoors, finished one spot off the podium at the NCAA Indoor Championships, taking ninth with a best clearance of 13-11 1/4 and earning All-America Second Team ... prior to nationals, had not competed in nearly a month due to a wrist injury ... jumped 13-11 1/4 in her first meet as a Husky, winning the UW Indoor Preview, and moving to No. 2 all-time indoors ... also was second at the New Mexico Classic indoors, clearing 13-8 1/4 ... had a big haul at the postseason team awards, winning Women's Team MVP, Women's Field Athlete of the Year, and Women's Newcomer of the Year.
2011-13 (At San Jose City College): Competed for Puerto Rico at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, clearing 12-7 ½ in qualifying … won the 2013 California State Community College title in the pole vault, going 12-10 ¼ to set the state meet record and defend the title she won as a freshman in 2012 … was the national junior college leader in the pole vault with a best of 13-1 ¾.
High School and Personal: Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico … parents are Diana Cruz and Luis Planell … has one younger brother, Derek … spent her junior and senior high school years attending Los Altos High School in California, where she competed in the sprints, jumps, and pole vault … attended Antilles High School in Puerto Rico for her first two years … did not take up pole vault until her junior year in California … made the California state meet as a junior in the pole vault and on the 4x100m relay … also lettered two years in volleyball … competed for seven years in gymnastics, reaching level 9.
2014 NCAA Indoors - 9th, Pole Vault (All-America Second Team)
2014 Pac-12 - 1st, Pole Vault (Pac-12 Champion)
2014 NCAA Prelims - 1st (tie), Pole Vault
2014 NCAA Outdoors - 10th (tie), Pole Vault (All-America Second Team)
Pole Vault.......14-0 1/2
Pole Vault…….13-11 1/4