Final: Sunday, 1:30pm local time (2:30pm ET)
Standards: ‘A’ – 4.60m, ‘B’ – 4.50m
It is not hype or exaggeration to say that we could see Jenn Suhr (adidas) break the world record. She broke the world indoor record at the USATF indoor championships and reports are that she nearly broke the world record at a small meet just last week. She is in tip-top form right now.
The battle for second and third should be tight between Kylie Hutson (Nike) and Mary Saxer (New York AC). The two have met eight times in 2013 alone, with Hutson coing out ahead 4 times to Saxer’s three (with one tie). Overall, though, Saxer has been slightly more consistent.
If either of them falters there’s a long list of good vaulters ready to pounce: Lacy Janson (Nike), April Steiner-Bennett (Asics), Becky Holliday, Katy Viuf, and Janice Keppler all have the ‘A’ standard in their back pockets.
National record holder Kelsie Hendry is the only Canadian to clear either the ‘A’ or ‘B’ standard and enters the championships in Moncton as the favorite. She’s had consistency problems, though, getting the dreaded no-height in four of her seven competitions this year and at last year’s Canadian Olympic Trials.