February 25, 2019
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Natalia Bartnovskaya Price headed to NJCAA Hall of Fame
VINCENNES, Ind. – Natalia Bartnovskaya Price was a five-time NJCAA
Division I national champion as a Vincennes University women’s track
and field athlete and now she will be a NJCAA Hall of Fame member.
Price, who competed as Natalia Bartnovskaya, is being inducted into
the NJCAA Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The
induction ceremony will take place Friday in conjunction with the
NJCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships at
Prentice Gudgen Complex in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Price was visiting her native Russia when she received the news via
email from VU Assistant Track and Field Coach Tim Marsee.
"I'm grateful for my overall experience at Vincennes
University," Price said. "The people who I met on my journey
at Vincennes helped me to get where I am right now."
Price became the first female VU athlete to win a national
championship in any sport. She won four national titles in the pole
vault and one national championship in the long jump for VU. She won
indoor pole vault national titles in 2011 and 2012. She claimed
outdoor pole vault national championships also in 2011 and 2012. She
was the indoor long jump national champion in 2012.
"Winning a national title for Vincennes University was a big
deal because I was proud of representing VU and proud of my coaches
because we accomplished something that no one had accomplished,"
Price said. "It was a great feeling."
She is the national record holder in both the indoor and outdoor pole
vault. She vaulted 14 feet, 1 ¼ inches (4.30m) at the indoor meet in
2011 and vaulted 13 feet, 9 ¾ inches (4.21m) at the outdoor meet in 2012.
Price was national runner-up in the long jump at the 2011 indoor meet
and 2012 outdoor meet. She was named National Athlete of the Year
She continued her college career at the University of Kansas where
she became the 2013 NCAA indoor pole vault national champion. Her
runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships helped the Jayhawks
win the national title. She is a member of the University of Kansas
Athletics Hall of Fame.
Price is a real estate agent and lives in Lawrence, Kansas with
husband Brett Price.
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