Jenn Suhr, the gold medalist in the pole vault at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and U.S. record holder in the vault, will bring her flair for the air to Seaside Heights this Friday (Aug. 1) when she competes in the sixth annual Vertical Adventures Beach Pole Vault Competition, according to a press release issued by Elliot Denman.
Here is the full press release from Denman –
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. – Jenn Suhr, the women’s Olympic pole vault champion,
who has already soared to the heights of her event at locales all over the globe,
will bring her high-flying act to the Jersey Shore on Friday evening, August 1st.
Suhr, the American record-holder in the event with her clearance of 16 feet, 5 1/2
inches at the 2013 USA Indoor Championships, and the 2012 London Olympic winner
at 15-7, heads the field for the Vertical Adventures’ sixth annual Jersey Jumps beach
pole vault competition.
Vertical Adventures CEO Mike Pascuzzo and his team will set up a pair of
runways and landing pits on the sands at Sheridan and Sherman avenues, Seaside
Heights, opposite the Aztec Hotel. And over 300 pole vaulters, gathered from all over the
nation, will take part in a three-day, multi-category competition starting with the
women’s elite event at 6 p.m. Friday.
“Admission is absolutely free and we hope to get a big crowd on the boardwalk
to see Jenn and all the other great vaulters who will be here,” said Pascuzzo.
Entries will range from high school to college and Masters division vaulters for men and
women for the USA Track and Field-sanctioned event. Serving as emcee for all the
action will be Dwight Stones, the two-time Olympic high jump medalist and former
world record-holder who is now a leading TV sports personality.
“We’ve invited Jenn before but this is the first time she’s been able to make it, with her busy national and international schedule,” said Pascuzzo. “So that makes it doubly
exciting for all of us and this will be a rare opportunity to see one of the great athletes in
American and Olympic history right here at the Jersey Shore.”
Competing against Suhr will be such top USA vaulters as Mandissa Marshall,
Stephanie Duffy, Katie Nageotte, Michelle Favre and Brysun Stately, and Canada’s
Gabrielle Duclos. A $1000 check goes to the winner.
The men’s Masters vault compeition will be held concurrently with the men’s
elite event and features Lawrence Johnson, silver medalist at the 2000 Sydney
Olympic Games who owns a career best of 19-7 1/2.
Suhr, 32 of Churchville, N.Y., has been America’s top-ranked women’s vaulter since 2006 and has been top-ranked in the world for two years. Only woman who has ever soared higher is her arch-rival, Russia’s Elena Isinbaeva, who has cleared 16-7 1/4.
USATF officials will certify that all Jersey Jumps performances are record-eligible.
“We’re going to have a tremendous show,” declares Paccuzzo. “I can hardly wait.”
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