Starting Friday, May 31 Jenn Suhr will bring some of her friends back to Western New York to pole vault as part of her warm up for the 2013 USA Outodoors in Des Moines, Iowa. Competing in the New York Invitational Series held at the White Birch Golf Course in Lyndonville, New York. Suhr will be providing an opportunity for her friends and family to come watch her vault at a new location off of the traditional runway at a track. This is really what it would be like to get together in the back yard and watch a family member do what they love at a party. Except, this is a two time Olympic medalist, who owns the highest vault indoor by a woman, and you will be watching her run down the fairway of a golf course.
Last fall, Suhr toured Western New York taking to the town square in Fredonia, the home stretch of the track surface at Roberts Wesleyan College, and the indoor practice field at the Buffalo Bills complex. Inspired by the Drake Relays Mall Vault, Suhr couldn’t find a more picturesque setting to take flight 16 feet into the air. You won’t want to miss this. “When you get a chance to see the absolute best in the world at something, you take that chance.” And what a beautiful surrounding to be running down the 2nd fairway of the White Birch Golf Course, in Lyndonville, NY.
Joining Suhr will be Heather Hamilton, #1 ranked Canadian pole vaulter. Janice Keppler, #4 American pole vaulter originally from Medina, NY. Claire Dishong, of Brockport, NY and Cornell University. Recently finished tied for 4th at the NCAA East Regional in North Carolina. Linda Hadfield, of Utica, NY and Tennessee University who finished tied for 8th at the same NCAA East Regional. Erin Champion, also of the University of Tennessee, also finished tied for 8th at the NCAA East Regional.
Bring your lawn chair and maybe a couple clubs to work on your short game. Vaulting will begin by 6pm and will conclude by dark.
If you can’t make it this Friday, come over Friday, June 7th and Friday June 14th at White Birch Golf Course. Rain dates for each weekend are on Sunday at 3pm.
*Correction* Suhr's schedule for June 7th and June 14th is not confirmed, as travel may take her elsewhere. The competitions will be happening either way with some of the best pole vaulters on the continent. Check the Facebook event for details.
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