Kate Mullins Zanot '01
Induction Class of 2009
A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Kate Mullins Zanot competed in track and field at Binghamton from 1998-02. She earned her bachelor's degree in geography in 2001 and received her master's degree in social sciences from the University in 2004.
An elite athlete and versatile performer, Mullins Zanot racked up individual records and accomplishments both as a Division II and Division I athlete, spearheading a seamless NCAA divisional transition for the track & field program.
Her crowning achievements were a pair of NCAA All-America pole vault honors in 1999. Mullins Zanot placed sixth in the nation at the indoor championship and then placed seventh at the outdoor meet two months later. She also set the school record in the 400 hurdles and claimed the pole vault title at the ECAC Division II Championship, helping BU earn a seventh place team finish.
In 2000, Mullins Zanot extended her school record in the outdoor pole vault, clearing 12 feet to win the Princeton Invitational.
As a junior, she won the prestigious Penn State National Open indoors and then established a meet record at the ECAC Division II Championship with another pole vault title. Outdoors, she set records in the javelin (125-feet-5) and the heptathlon (4,589 points) and continued to literally "raise the bar," in the pole vault, clearing 12-feet-2. She was named the University's "Athlete of the Year" in 2000-01.
In her final collegiate season in 2001-02, Mullins Zanot won seven more invitational titles, pushed her pole vault record up to 12-feet-3 1/2 and capped her career with a triumph at the America East Championship.
Mullins Zanot graduated with five school records and was among the school's top-10 in 11 different events. She was honored with the 2002 John Bilos Award for outstanding career achievement.
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