Track & Field

KeatonDaniel

  • position Pole Vault
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Henderson, Nev.
  • High school Coronado
  • Major Health Promotion

https://tfrrs.org/athletes/7599292/Kentucky/Keaton_Daniel.html

Personal Bests:

Indoor:

PV – 19’0.25″/5.80m

Outdoor:

PV – 18’8.25″/5.70m

In The Record Book:

  • Holds the UK school record in both the indoor and outdoor pole vaults with a distance of 19’0.25″/5.80m – 18-8.25/5.70m set in 2024/2023

Career Accolades 

  • 2024 All-SEC First Team
  • 2024 Outdoor SEC Pole Vault Champion
  • 2024 USTFCCCA Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year
  • 2024 USTFCCCA First-Team All-America
  • 2024 Indoor NCAA Pole Vault Champion
  • 2024 All-SEC First Team
  • 2024 Indoor SEC Pole Vault Champion
  • 2024 SEC Co-Field Athlete of the Week – 1/23
  • 2023 USTFCCCA First-Team All-America – Pole Vault
  • 2023 Indoor USTFCCCA First-Team All-America – Pole Vault
  • 2023 Outdoor First-Team All-SEC
  • 2023 SEC Outdoor Gold Medalist
  • 2023 SEC Indoor Gold Medalist
  • 2023 SEC Co-Field Athlete of the Week
  • 2022 NCAA Outdoor Bronze Medalist
  • 2022 SEC Outdoor Gold Medalist
  • 2021 NCAA Outdoor Silver Medalist
  • 2021 SEC Outdoor Gold Medalist
  • Indoor and outdoor pole vault school record holder 
  • First team All-American – 2021, 2022

2023-24 (Senior)

Outdoor

  • Won with a vault of 18’4.5″/5.60m at the Battle on the Bayou
  • Won with a vault of 18’7.25″/5.67m at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational
  • Placed 3rd with a vault of 18’6.5″/5.65m at the Drake Relays
  • Won with a vault of 18’0.50″/5.50m at the SEC Outdoor Championships

Indoor

  • Won with a vault of 18’0.5″/5.50m at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet
  • Won with a school record and personal best vault of 19’0.25″/5.80m at the Corky Classic
  • Placed 2nd with a vault of 18’8.25″/5.70m at the Razorback Invitational
  • Won with a vault of 18’5.5″/5.63m at the Tiger Paw Invitational
  • Won with a vault of 18’5.25″/5.62m at the SEC Indoor Championships
  • Won with a vault of 18’8.25″/5.70m at the NCAA Indoor Championships

2022-23 (Senior)

Outdoor

  • Placed 9th with a vault of 18’1″/5.51m at the Texas Relays
  • Placed 2nd with a vault of 17’7.75″/5.38m at the Tom Jones Memorial
  • Won with a vault of 18″/5.49m at the Michael Johnson Invitational
  • Won with a vault of 17’7.75″/5.38m at the Jim Green Invitational
  • Won gold at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a season best vault of 18’6.50″/5.65m
  • Qualified for NCAA Championships with the best vault of 17’8.50″/5.40m
  • Tied for 8th at the NCAA Championships with a vault of 17’10.25″/5.45m

Indoor

  • Won SEC Championships Gold with a height of 17’8.5″/5.40m.
  • Named SEC Co-Field Athlete of the Week
  • Broke his own school record twice to vault to the top of the all-time performers list with a height of 18 feet, 5.25 inches / 5.62 meters.
  • Placed 7th and scored points at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a vault of 18’3”/5.56m

2021-22 (Junior) 

Outdoor 

  • Earned bronze at NCAA Championships with second highest vault of his career at 18’6.5”/5.65m 
  • Took gold at SEC Championships in pole vault with a height of 18’2.5”/5.55m 
  • Won pole vault at the Black and Gold Invite with a mark of 18’0.5”/5.50m 
  • Won pole vault at Florida Relays and Kentucky Invitational, placed second at Joe May Invitational 

Indoor 

  • Tied pole vault school record (18’0.5”/5.50m) at the Jim Green Invitational 
  • Returned to competition from injury at SEC Championships 
  • Qualified for NCAA Championships in the pole vault and placed 12th 

2020-21 (Sophomore) 

Indoors 

  • Pole vaulter who did not compete indoors after transferring to UK from Fresno Pacific  

Outdoor 

  • Vaulted for personal best, school record and eighth place at U.S. Olympic Team Trials, 18’8.25″/5.70m 
  • Placed second at NCAA Championships, clearing 18’2.5″/5.55m for the first men’s pole vault medal at NCAAs in UK history, becoming first team All-American 
  • Advanced to the NCAA Championships after tying for the top height at the NCAA East Preliminaries 
  • Won the gold medal at the SEC Championships with a school-record clearance of 18’8.25”/5.70m; named first-team All-SEC 
  • Broke the outdoor school record in his first Kentucky meet, the Weems Baskin Relays, with a lift of 17’6.5”/5.35m 
  • Also won the Florida Relays and Kentucky Invitational with outdoor school record vaults 

2019-20 at Fresno Pacific 

  • Pole vaulted in three meets and won all three, the Sunshine Open, the Sunbird Invitational and the Kim Duyst Invitational 
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