The 2004 Pac-10 pole vault champion ... a three-time NCAA All-American ... competed at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials ... lifetime best of 14-2 is the fifth-best outdoor mark in NCAA history, and is 10th overall ... earned All-America honors indoors and outdoors in 2004, becoming just the fourth UW woman ever to win two such honors in the same season ... with two more All-America awards in 2005, would become the most decorated female athlete in UW track and field history ... has literally raised the bar in each of her three seasons at Washington, having broken UW's pole vault record as a freshman and bettered it each year since ... participated in the 2004 NACAC (North American, Central American and Caribbean) Under-23 Championships in Canada over the summer. 2003-04: Placed second in the vault at the 2004 NCAA outdoor meet, and tied for fifth indoors, becoming one of just four UW women ever to win multiple All-America awards in the same season ... led UW to a tie for 18th at the NCAA outdoor meet in 2004, the school's highest placing since 1988 ... won her first Pac-10 title, and the first-ever by a UW women's vaulter, with a school-record clearance of 14-2 at the Pac-10 meet in Tucson ... one of three UW women's vaulters to compete at the NCAA outdoor meet in 2004, most of any school ... one of four UW women to vault 13 feet in 2004, a feat matched nationally only by Nebraska ... qualified for the NCAAs with a second-place finish at the West Regional, at 13-5 3/4 ... cleared 13-5 3/4 indoors at the Pac-10 Invite to break her own UW indoor record ... placed second in the vault at the MPSF Championships ... earned Academic All-Pac-10 second team honors. 2002-03: Became UW's first female pole vault All-American with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA meet, despite being forced out of action when a broken pole cut her hand on her third attempt at 13-9 1/2 ... injury kept her out of U.S. Senior Nationals ... climbed to eighth in Pac-10 history with a mark of 13-10 at the NCAA West Regional, nearly a nine-inch PR and good for second place ... mark would have won every Regional except the West, where Oregon's Becky Holliday set a collegiate record ... placed sixth in the event at the Pac-10 meet ... indoors, broke her own UW record with a mark of 13-3 3/4 at the Pac-10 Invite ... placed 12th at the NCAA Indoor meet, in 12-11 1/2 ... earned Academic All-Pac-10 honorable mention. 2001-02: Crushed UW pole vault records in first collegiate season ... became first Husky female over 13 feet with a UW-record mark of 13-1 1/2 at the Oregon Dual ... placed 16th at the NCAA meet with a mark of 12-3 1/2 ... the following week, placed third at U.S. Junior Nationals at 12-11 1/2 ... tied for 12th in the vault at the Pac-10 meet ... indoor best of 12-11 1/2, set in just her fourth collegiate competition, was nearly a foot beyond the previous UW indoor record of 12-0 3/4 ... four of six indoor vaults in 2002 were beyond the previous UW record.
High School and Personal: Born Feb. 13, 1983 ... parents are Donna and Tom ... has two sisters, Mica Cojocaru and Christine Soma, the latter a freshman soccer player at Gonzaga ... won 2001 state pole vault title at 11-9 ... took first at the 2001 Junior Olympics at Oregon's Hayward Field, vaulting a prep-best 12-0 ... as a junior, set a district record and placed second at state ... was eighth at state in 1999 ... won consecutive league titles from 1999-2001 ... captined squad her senior year ... was a cheerleader her last three years at Grant, earning All-American honors in the sport in 2000 ... a member of the National Honor Society, graduated with a 3.95 GPA.
UW Career Bests
Pole Vault....... 14-2
Pole Vault (indoor)....... 14-3 1/2 (Indoor School Record)
60m Dash (indoor)....... 7.99
Soma news and features:
UW's Soma snaps streak of NCAA near-misses - Seattle Post-Intelligencer (June 14, 2005)
Soma rises from runner-up status - The Oregonian (June 12, 2005)
UW's Kate Soma is the NCAA indoor vault favorite - Seattle Post-Intelligencer (March 11, 2005)
Soma sets new standards - UW Daily (Feb. 14, 2005)