Track & Field

Joel Swanberg

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Manhattan, Ill.

High School:
Lincoln-Way Central

Event:
Hurdles/Pole Vault

Experience:
SO/SO

Joel Swanberg

Head Coach Bert Rogers on Swanberg:
"Joel has flown under the radar up to this point and I expect him to improve very quickly. Joel comes to MU as both a pole vaulter and a 110-meter high hurdler. He performed very well in just a few meets last year having his senior year cut short due to an ankle injury. With his size and ability level, Joel has the intangibles to become a high-level performer on both conference and national stages. In addition to the strong, young talent of John Kaplan and Vinny Martello, I feel that Joel will round out a very steadily improving men's pole vault group."

High School: Swanberg was a four-year letter winner in track and field at Lincoln-Way Central High School ... Was team captain as a senior in 2013 ... Earned the 2012 team MVP award ... Broke his foot midway through his senior year and was unable to compete during the outdoor championship season ... Holds a personal best in the pole vault of 14 feet, 9 inches, which helped him place 13th at the IHSA Boys Class AAA State Finals in 2012 as a junior ... Ran the 55-, 60- and 110-meter hurdles during his high school career.

Personal: Born in Hazel Crest, Ill., to Cindy and Darrell Swanberg ... Youngest of three children ... Older brother, Brent, runs track and field at the University of Notre Dame ... Plans to major in mechanical engineering.

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