William Ford
William  Ford

Class:
Graduate Student

Hometown:
McHenry, Ill.

High School:
McHenry West

Last College:
Denver

Event:
Pole Vault

Experience:
SR/SR

Personal Bests (as of June 2017):

Indoor-
Pole Vault: 4.80 meters/15-9 (No. 2 all-time at MU)

Outdoor-
Pole Vault:
4.91 meters/16-1.25 (No. 1 all-time at MU)

TFRRS Profile


2016-17:
All-BIG EAST Indoor- Pole Vault
Indoor (Jr.): Placed in the top-10 in all six meets he competed in ... During the BIG EAST Championships, Ford topped all competition in the pole vault when he cleared 4.60 meters (15-1 feet) ... Scored gold at the John Tierney Classic for a height of 4.51 meters (14-9.5 feet).
Outdoor (Jr.): Vaulted the highest at the Marquette Duals for a 4.70 meter (15-5 feet) effort ... Cracked the top-five at the BIG EAST Championships for clearing 4.51 meters (14-7.25 feet).

2015-16:
Marquette Track & Field Team Most Improved
All-BIG EAST, pole vault
BIG EAST All-Academic
Indoor (So.):
Competed in the pole vault at eight indoor meets, including the BIG EAST Championships where he took second at the meet, landing him second on the all-time list at MU, and setting a personal-best (4.80 meters/15-9) ... Took first place at the John Tierney Quadrangular in the pole vault (4.50 meters/14-9) ... Placed second at the UW Parkside Classic (February 6) and Blue & Gold Invitational (December 4) ... Fifth place at the Mark Messersmith Invitational (4.45 meters/14-7.25).
Outdoor (So.): Took first place in the pole vault at the BIG EAST Championships and set a school record with a height of 4.91 meters/16-1.25, also his  personal-best ... Placed second at the UW-Whitewater Drake Alternative Meet with a personal-best heigh at the time of 4.85 meters/15-11 ... Did not place below fifth in the outdoor season.

2014-15:
All-BIG EAST, pole vault
BIG EAST All-Academic
Indoor (Fr.):
Competed in the pole vault during six indoor meets, including the BIG EAST Championships where he placed fourth overall with an indoor-best height of 4.45 meters (14-7.25 feet). 

Outdoor (Fr.): Took first in the pole vault at the Marquette vs. UW-Milwaukee dual with a personal-best height at the time of 4.60 meters (15-1 feet) ... Eclipsed that with a height of 4.61 meters (15-1.5 feet) to place fourth at the Rankin/Poehlein Invite ... Medaled at the BIG EAST Championships with a height of 4.51 meters (14-9.5 feet) to earn All-BIG EAST honors.

Prior to Marquette: Transfer to Marquette from the University of Denver, after one year in which he did not compete in track and field ... Ford earned four letters in track and field at McHenry West High School ... Fifth-place finisher at the 2013 Class 3A IHSA state meet as a senior with a top height of 15 feet ... Sectional champion as a senior ... Medaled at conference meet during his final two years in high school ... Member of two conference and county championship teams at McHenry ... Also competed in the AAU Junior Olympics in the trampoline and power tumbling and won two gold medals and one silver medal.

Personal: Ford was born in McHenry, Illinois and is the second oldest of four children to Stephen and Mary Ford ... Has one older sister, Stephanie, and two younger sisters, Rachel and Jackie ... Plans to major in accounting and international business.


Championships History:

BIG EAST Indoor Championships
2017-
Pole Vault:
1st (4.60 meters/ 15-1)
2016-
Pole Vault: 2nd (4.80 meters/15-9 - No. 2 all-time at MU)
2015-
Pole Vault: 4th (4.51 meters/14-9.5)

BIG EAST Outdoor Championships
2017-
Pole Vault:
4th (4.51 meters/ 14-9.5)
2016-
Pole Vault: 1st (4.91 meters/16-1.25 - No. 1 all-time at MU)
2015-
Pole Vault: 4th (4.45 meters/14-7.25)

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