Jenn Suhr breaks own world indoor record

Courtesy USATF

BROCKPORT, New York -- Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr broke her own world indoor record in the women’s pole vault Saturday, clearing 5.03m/16-6 at the Brockport Golden Eagle Multi & Invitational at SUNY Brockport.
Suhr (Fredonia, New York) passed her first seven heights before missing her first attempt at 4.60m/15-1. She cleared 4.82m/15-9.75 with ease on her first attempt before missing the world record bar twice at 5.03m/16-6. On her final attempt, Suhr cleared the bar to the delight of the Brockport crowd, besting her previous world indoor record of 5.02m/16-5.50 set at the 2013 USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Suhr made attempts at the world record just two weeks ago at the Doug Raymond Invitational in Kent, Ohio. She set a then-world leading 4.91m/16-1.25 before missing her three attempts at 5.03m.
Suhr has much of the indoor season ahead of her, as she is confirmed to compete at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Sunday, February 14. Fans can watch #NBIGP from 4-6 p.m. EST on USATF.TV and NBC Sports.

Upstate NY Holiday Classic

Every now and then you get to witness greatness. USATF Niagara and The Upstate NY Holiday Classic, are proud to announce that Jenn Suhr, reigning Olympic Gold medalist, World Record Holder, 13 time American Champion, resident of Rochester, NY and lifetime Western New Yorker will be officially kicking off her #RoadtoRio Sunday morning at RIT. "This is an incredible honor to have a world class athlete and person, to begin her quest for a 3rd Olympics games at our Association Championships" said Bill Quinlisk, USATF Niagara vice president and meet director. "This is someone you will probably watch on TV this coming August, and you now get the chance to see her in person, is amazing."

Based on the number of entrants at this point, we expect Suhr to jump around noon. We will take a short break when the number of competitors reaches 5-7, for some formal introductions.

The meet however, kicks off at 8:30am with the USA Indoor 5000m Race Walk Championships. This is a National Championships competition for Junior, Open and Masters Athletes. The Upstate NY Holiday Classic has hosted this National Championships the past few years. Rochester native Miranda Melville has won the last few years, and is expected to try to defend her title again. As is Michael Mannozzi of Ohio.  Also in competition will be USATF Niagara Race Walk chair and American record holder in the 50km Race Walk. All three will be working toward qualifying for the Olympics as well.

Many other top athletes from the area as well as Nationally routinely come to Rochester for this meet. Updates and pictures will be available through The Upstate NY Holiday Classic Facebook event,, and Check them all throughout the day for updates.

Full meet information is available here.

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