Today is the big day for Mary Saxer and Justin Sibears as they join their lives in matrimony as one. Congratulations to Mary from all of us at Vaulter Magazine, we wish you the best!
Mary Saxer Bio
Mary Saxer, a professional pole vaulter from Buffalo, New York is chasing her Olympic dream.
Mary’s road to the Olympics began in her hometown of Lancaster, NY where she attended Lancaster High School.
Competing on the indoor and outdoor track and field teams, Mary specialized in sprints and long jump, becoming a 4-time state long jump champion. While attending a long jump camp, Coach Rick Suhr suggested that she try pole vaulting. It quickly became obvious that Mary was a natural. She excelled at the event under Rick and Lancaster head coach Kevin Carriero, clearing 12’5″ and placing second at Indoor Nationals during her first year in the event. During her senior year, Mary became the first high school girl to clear 14′. She broke the high school girls’ national record 7 times while at Lancaster, broke the National Junior Record (for the 19 years old and under age group), was a three-time National High School Champion in the vault, and still holds the New York state record.
Mary received a full scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame. There she became the school record holder, a three-time Big East Conference Pole Vault Champion, a two-time NCAA All-American, and placed 3rd at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor National Championships under coach Jim Garnham, a fellow Buffalo native. She graduated from the prestigious university in 2009 with a degree in Marketing.
Mary chose to continue vaulting in pursuit of her Olympic dreams after graduation.
Mary burst onto the world scene in 2011, breaking the 15′ barrier with a personal best vault at the time of 4.60 meters (15′ 1″).
With a top 20 world ranking, Mary is clearly focused on earning a position on the United States Olympic team, and continues to work to improve on her personal best mark of 4.62 meters (just under 15′ 2″). In 2012, she vaulted her personal best of 4.62 meters to place 2nd at Indoor U.S. Nationals and earn herself a spot on the 2012 U.S. Indoor World Team.
As Mary pursues her Olympic dream, she feels truly blessed to have such an amazing support system in her friends and family, especially her parents Ann and Don Saxer and fiancé Justin Sibears who have been at her side throughout her journey.