NEW MEXICO:Versatile athlete who has specialized in the pole vault since 2008, but is also an experienced multi-event competitor...moved up to seventh on the school's all-time list in the pole vault last spring (11-07.75) and could factor into the MWC scoring race in her final year...redshirted the 2006 indoor and outdoor seasons...identical twin sister, Sandy, is a senior multi-event athlete for the Lobos.
2010: (outdoor) Scored at the MWC Championships in the pole vault with a personal best mark of 12-9.50 for 5th place...Led the team in the pole vault with her mark of 12-9.50...recorded a mark of 12-1.50 at the Don Kirby Invitational
2009: (outdoor) Ranked second on the team (10th MWC) in the pole vault with a career-best mark of 11-07.75 at Cal (April 25)...jump was good for seventh on the UNM all-timer performers list...also trained for the heptathlon, competing in five different events over the course of the spring (6 meets)...no height in the pole vault at the MWC Championships...(indoor) Led the team with a career best pentathlon score of 3,091 at the MWC Championships (12th)...top mark of 10-06.00 in three pole vault competitions.
2008: (outdoor) 4 meet appearances in the pole vault with a top mark of 9-08.00...(indoor) 3 pole vault competitions with a top mark of 9-06.25.
2007: (outdoor) Trained for the heptathlon, competing in 10 events at 3 meets...(indoor) Ranked 4th on the team in the pentathlon with a score of 2,837 at the MWC Championships (14th)...2nd in the shot put during the MWC pentathlon...competed in 21 events in 6 meet appearances, including a pair of pentathlon competitions.
HIGH SCHOOL:A 2005 graduate of Fort Sumner (N.M.) High School...state triple jump champion as a sophomore at class 2A Tucumcari HS and again as a junior at Fort Sumner...part of 6 state championship teams in basketball ('05), volleyball ('04 & '05) and track ('02, '03 & '04)...all-state performer in basketball and volleyball...dad, Brian, is the Fort Sumner girls' basketball and track coach...
PERSONAL:Born in Amarillo, Texas...full name is Kelly René Fortner...daughter of Brian and Mary Fortner...dad played basketball at Lubbock Christian University...has an older sister, Danna...majoring in Intercultural Communications with a minor in Family Studies.
Pole Vault: 12-9.50