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Russ Buller

Track and Field

Buller

Event: Pole Vault
Height: 5-10
Weight: 158
PR: 5.81m/19-0.75i (2001)
Born: 1978 in Lake Charles, La.
Current Residence: Chula Vista, Calif.
High School: Westlake (La.) HS '96
College: Louisiana State University '00
Coach: Ty Sevin
Agent: Tony Manjarrez
Club: Asics

Career Highlights: 2006 USA Outdoor champion; 2000 NCAA Outdoor Champion; 2007 USA Indoor runner-up; 2003 Pan Am Games silver medalist; four-time Southeastern Conference champion.

Buller enjoyed a strong season in 2008, highlighted by a fourth-place finish at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. After nearly a decade of being considered one of the nation’s top ten pole vaulters, he earned the first national championship of his career in 2006, though it did not come easily. Buller and reigning Olympic Games silver medalist Toby Stevenson ended up clearing the identical height of 5.80m/19-0.25, but Buller was declared the victor on fewer misses during the competition. His performance marked his first clearance over the 19-foot barrier since setting his personal best of 5.81m/19-0.75i in 2001. Buller dedicated his victory to his brother who had recently died. A collegiate star at LSU where he majored in Kinesiology, Buller win the NCAA Outdoor title in 2000 and captured four SEC conference titles during his career. The indoor and outdoor High School national pole vault champion in 1996, Buller is the Louisiana prep record holder both indoors (5.03/16-6.25) and outdoors (5.18/17-0). A high school All-American, Buller was a three-time state and district champion in the vault. He also owns Westlake High School’s records in the 100 (10.6), 200 (21.7), and part of 4x100m relay (42.6).  An all-around athlete, Buller won four letters in both track and field and football, and two in baseball…won Arlin Williams 110% Award in football and was a second team All-District receiver his senior season. As a freshman in 1997, Buller became only the second man ever to surpass the 18-foot mark at the Penn Relays with a winning clearance of 18-0.5.

2008: 4th at Olympic Trials (5.6m/18-04.50)...4th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (5.60m/18-4.50)…1st at Natchitoches (5.61m/18-4.75)...ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 5.61mi/18-4.75.
2007: 
9th at USA Outdoor Championships (5.50m/18-00.50)…2nd at USA Indoors (5.60m/18-04.75)…2nd at Reebok Boston Indoor Games (5.61m/18-04.75)…2nd at Reebok Grand Prix (5.60m/18-04.50)…2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (5.60m/18-04.50)…ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 5.73m/18-9.75.
2006: USA Outdoor champion (5.80m/19-0.25)…5th at USA Indoor Champs (5.50m/18-0.5)…ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 5.80m/19-0.25. 
2005: No-height at USA Indoor Champs…did not compete at USA Outdoors…ranked #10 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 5.75m/18-10.25.
2004: 8th at Olympic Trials (5.70m/18-8.25)…3rd at USA Indoors (5.75m/18-10.25)…ranked #9 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 5.75m/18-10.25i.
2003: 6th at USA Outdoor Champs (5.55m/18-2.5)…4th at USA Indoors (5.70m/18-8.25)…ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 5.75m/18-10.25. 
2002: Tied for 2nd indoors at Reno (5.60m/18-4.5)...no-height at USA Outdoors...1st at Whittier (5.66m/18-7)...2nd at Stanford (5.60m/18-4.5)...6th at Prefontaine (5.54m/18-2)...best of 5.66m/18-7. 
2001: 4th at USA Outdoors (5.65m/18-6.5)...4th at USA Indoors (5.75m/18-10.25)...3rd at Millrose Games (5.50m/18-0.5)...4th at Tyson Invitational (5.70m/18-8.25)...4th at GST Open at Princeton Invitational (5.50m/18-0.5)...ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 5.81m/19-0.75 at Mt. SAC.
2000: NCAA Outdoor champ...SEC champ...no-height at Olympic Trials...ranked 7th in U.S. by T&FN...best of 5.71m/18-8.75.
1999: SEC champ...7th in qualifying at USA Outdoors...no-height at NCAA Outdoors...best of 5.79m/19-0.25i.
1998: SEC champ...9th at NCAA Outdoors...best of 5.65m/18-6.5
1997: SEC champ...9th at NCAA Outdoors...no-height at USA Juniors...best of 5.60m/18-4.5.
1996: 1st at Golden West Invitational...best of 5.18m/17-0.
1995: Best of 4.72m/15-6.