Jenn Suhr cleared 15 feet, 9.75 inches on her second attempt and won the pole vault title at the USATF Outdoor Championships on Sunday in Eugene, Oregon.
Suhr, a Riga resident, claimed her ninth outdoor national title and 16th overall, giving her the most titles in American history. The 15-9.75 was the highest in the world this year.
“She had a good day,” said Rick Suhr, Jenn’s husband and coach. “We’ve been struggling the last year-and-a-half with injuries and we finally got healthy. She lit it up today. It’s brighter days now. We’re excited.”
Surh, 33, also qualified for the IAAF World Championships in late August in Beijing. Suhr won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
“This thing was an absolute dogfight,” Rick Suhr said. “These kids are getting younger and better. This is the best field we’ve had to beat to win this.”
Sandi Morris and Demi Payne, the top two finishers at the most recent NCAA outdoor championships, finished second and third, respectively.
Rick Suhr said Jenn will also compete next month for the first time in the Pan-American Games. They are being held in Toronto.
“We struggled a little. We’ve been banged up. These (titles) are just so hard to win,” Rick Suhr said. “Each one is its own dogfight, its own battle. When you think about having 16 titles, it’s just absolutely insane, it’s amazing.”