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WOMEN'S POLE VAULT.

Byline: The Register-Guard

EVENT FINAL: JUNE 24, 2:25 p.m.

RECORDS/STANDARDS

World: 16-7 1/4 Hayward Field: 16-1 3/4

U.S.: 16-1 3/4 Olympic 'A' Standard: 14-9

Meet: 16-1 3/4 Olympic 'B' Standard: 14-5 1/4

ANALYSIS

Jenn Suhr, nee Stuczynski, reigns supreme over the field - both Hayward Field and this field of vaulters. She is the top-ranked vaulter in the United States, and also holds the meet and field records, set in the Trials four years ago. That came in the midst of a five-year run of national championships for Suhr, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist. The streak was broken in 2011 while she adjusted to a diagnosis of Celiac disease, which requires a gluten-free diet. Suhr decided not to jump at both this year's Pre Classic and the adidas Grand Prix in new York earlier this month. The reigning U.S. Outdoor champ is Kylie Hutson, who established her PR in winning that title a year ago at Hayward Field.

FORM CHART

Name Age Residence PR

1, Jenn Suhr 30 Churchville, N.Y.16-1 3/4

Season-best 15-3 achieved at Drake Relays in late April.

2, Lacy Janson 29 Sarasota, Fla.15-3

Has been third at U.S. Outdoor meet twice, including 2011.

3, Kylie Hutson 24 Phoenix, Ariz.15-3

Cleared 14-4 1/2 at Pre, as did Janson with fewer missed.

4, April Steiner-Bennett32 Springdale, Ark.15-2 1/4

Middle school teacher's also volunteer coach at Arkansas.

5, Mary Saxer 25 South Bend, Ind.15-1

Began vaulting on advice of Rick Suhr, Jenn's husband.

6, Becky Holliday 32 Chula Vista, Calif.15-1

UO alum cleared 15-0 to set an indoor PR in March.

7, Katy Viuf 25 Chula Vista, Calif.14-9

Former UCLA vaulter set her personal best this season.

8, Morgann LeLeux 19 Athens, Ga.14-6 3/4

Was second at NCAAs earlier this month, top American.

Also: Texas Tech's Shade Weygandt set her PR of 14-9 this season but failed to clear 13-4 1/4 at NCAA Regionals.

- Rob Moseley, The Register-Guard
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