It took three tries to get the weather to cooperate. 80 degrees, just a light breeze and no humidity. Warm ups for everyone looked good, but you could see some extra special lift from a few. Two of the high school vaulters took advantage of the situation to set new personal records. Annika Klingenberg, an exchange student from Germany attending local Lyndonville High School, and Jenn Thill, the reigning New York State High School Champion from Lancaster High School, both vaulted higher than they ever had before. Of course warming up with two of the best Female pole vaulters in the world may have helped too. "You pick up little tips and ideas just by watching them, and of course the encouragement doesn't hurt either."
The night was capped off by Jenn Suhr seemingly floating over each successive height. 4.44 meters, 4.54 meters, 4.64 meters. Heights no other competitor even got to attempt. The energy in the crowd rose each time the bar was raised. The announcer led the crowd in a cadence clap common at most track meets where vaulting is involved, but not on golf courses. This day though, the White Birch was not a golf course, but a place for one of the best in history to fly higher than anyone else in 2013. The regular, everyday people that came to see what the buzz was all about, were treated to something special. "I heard about jumping 16 feet, but it didn't really hit me until I saw just how high that is. I am glad I came today." 4.91 meters isn't as easy as Jenn makes it look, but then, that's why she is the #1 female pole vaulter, Indoor World Record holder, and reigning Olympic Gold Medalist.
Next up for Suhr is USA Nationals at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Everyone at home will be cheering you on to get that World Record Vault.