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Tesa Pribitkin

Tesa Pribitkin

Women's Track & Field / Pole Vault / Junior / Blue Bell, Pa.

Major: Public Policy

Tesa Pribitkin is a junior pole vaulter on the Maroon women's track & field team. Pribitkin returned to her primary event for the first time in two years at the season-opening Phoenix Invitational. She tied for fourth place in the pole vault with a career-best height of 3.06 meters. 

Head Coach Chris Hall: "This past weekend, Tesa competed in the pole vault for the first time in two years. The reason for the long layoff is that she was diagnosed with leukemia during her freshman year of college. Tesa did return last year to our team and was allowed to compete in a couple of races (but not in her primary event - the pole vault). This past weekend, not only did she get to compete in the vault, but she had a lifetime-best performance, placing fourth overall."

Teammate Isabel Garon: "Tesa is back and crushing it! Her focus and drive over the last several months have absolutely been paying off - I cannot wait to see the jumps she makes this season. Outside of practice, she is as always a wonderful teammate, both encouraging and fun. There is no one I would rather spend our marathon practices with."

Pribitkin Quick Facts

  • In her free time, Tesa loves to be outside, whether it be laying on the beach or hiking on a trail.
  • Tesa eats pancakes the morning of meet days.


Other WAA nominees

Klaire Steffens (Women's Basketball)

  • Head Coach Carissa Sain: "Klaire has been amazingly coachable since we started on October 15. I feel badly that we haven’t recognized her sooner, but that is a credit to how seamlessly she has moved into her role. We relied on her heavily early in the season due to injuries and she was great! She works to improve every single day and as a result, has become a source of consistency for the team."


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