Suhr will be inducted in Buffalo Hall of Fame tonight

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 October 2013 at 12:00 am

File photo by Tom Rivers – Jenn Suhr, shown in a pole vaulting competition on May 31 in Lyndonville, has become the most acclaimed American woman to compete in her sport. She will be inducted in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame today.

BUFFALO – Jenn Suhr will officially join the ranks of the greatest athletes in Buffalo history tonight when she is inducted in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

Suhr, who lives in Kendall and Churchville, won the Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. She holds numerous American records in pole vaulting, a sport she didn’t take up until her senior year at college. At Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, she graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball with 1,819 points.

In pole vaulting, she has excelled as one of the few women to ever clear 16 feet. Suhr is still competing and believes she can go higher.

The Fredonia native is married to Lyndonville native, Rick Suhr, who is also her coach.

Another local resident will be inducted in the Hall of Fame tonight. Dick Diminuco of Albion is one of few high school football coaches in Western New York to top 200 career wins. Orleans Hub featured Diminuco in article on Oct. 23. (Click here to see that story.)