|Klas wins Stan Bates Award|
DENVER – University of Idaho All-American pole-vaulter Jeremy Klas became the ninth Vandal and sixth Idaho cross country/track and field athlete to earn the Western Athletic Conference’s prestigious Stan Bates Award, which is annually given to the league’s top male and female scholar-athletes and includes a 3,000 dollar postgraduate scholarship. Idaho’s nine Stan Bates Award winners are the most by any WAC school since the award was established in 1981.
Klas, a Moscow, Idaho native, was a five-time WAC pole vault champion, winning the indoor titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012, while capturing the outdoor titles in 2010 and 2013. He was also the first Vandal man to qualify for the NCAA indoor pole vault championship. He was a three-time WAC Athlete of the Week and is Idaho’s record-holder in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault.
Klas was undefeated against WAC competition in indoor pole vault as a sophomore, junior and senior, and was instrumental in Idaho’s 2012 indoor and outdoor WAC track and field championships.
“Jeremy helped Idaho to win its first WAC Championship by winning the indoor pole vault and then despite never competing in a heptathlon nor ever competing in several of the events of the heptathlon, scored at the conference meet and earned all-WAC honors,” Idaho Director of Track and Field Wayne Phipps said. “Jeremy is the ultimate team player, and despite all of his individual accolades, his team championships mean the most to him.”
Including his success in the heptathlon and decathlon, Klas was an eight-time first-team all-WAC and two-time second-team all-WAC performer. He earned All-American honors in 2010, 2012 and 2013, including first-team All-American status for the 2013 outdoor season, and was also an honorable mention All-American in 2011.
“Jeremy started as walk-on pole vaulter, and eventually earned a full scholarship,” Phipps said. “He is one of the most successful track and field athletes we have had at Idaho. He is also a four-time All-American; three indoors and once outdoors. His final All-American award was first team All-American based on a sixth-place finish in the pole vault at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. This was the most rewarding one for me as I had seen Jeremy overcome several injuries which had prevented him from being able to pole vault for almost eight months.”
Klas earned his degree in Computer Science from the College of Engineering in May and graduated with a 3.62 grade point average. He was a four-time Vandal Athletics Scholar-Athlete, a six-time WAC All-Academic selection, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and a three-time USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic pick.
“Jeremy is an extremely talented individual who has balanced a strenuous academic schedule with the demands of being a Division I athlete at the University of Idaho,” said Dr. Rob Spear, Idaho’s Director of Athletics. “As an Athletic Director, I appreciate the example Jeremy sets for other student-athletes and the value he brings into the classroom and locker room. He inspires his peers by channeling his dedication, enthusiasm, passion and work ethic into a positive direction.”
In addition to his efforts in the classroom and competition, Klas spent more than 150 hours volunteering on his own for Kids Triathlon, Church yard sales and as a volunteer coach. He also volunteer with teammates for the Runners, Jumpers and Throwers kids track camp and for an annual canned food drive.
“Jeremy epitomizes what the Stan Bates award stands for; balancing academics, athletic performance, and community outreach while demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship, character, and leadership,” Spear said.