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Suhr wins U.S. Championships

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 June 2013 at 12:00 am

She set world best for 2013 the previous week in Lyndonville

Tom Rivers, file photo – Jenn Suhr of Kendall is shown May 31 in the first of three New York Invite Series at the White Birch Golf Course.

DES MOINES – Jenn Suhr is the U.S. national champ in pole vaulting. Again. Make that 14 times.

Suhr topped the American field Sunday during the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. She cleared 15 feet, 5 inches on a hot and humid night.

She qualified for the world championships in August. She will compete on the home turf of two-time Olympic gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva.

Suhr, a resident of Kendall, in the previous three weeks competed in Lyndonville at the White Birch Golf Course, which is owned by her brother-in-law Harold Suhr. He turned a fairway into a runway for the vaulters.

Those sanctioned events were part of the New York Invite Series. Suhr on June 14 established the world outdoor best for the year with a 16-1 jump at the White Birch.