Jenn Suhr has accomplished a lot of firsts in her pole vaulting career, but on Sunday it was the type the 2012 Olympic champion from Riga never wanted: Her first withdrawal from the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships in Boston.

“She has a bruised heel and Achilles tendonitis,” her coach and husband, Spencerport native Rick Suhr, said early Monday morning. “We just can’t seem to get any help with this injury. Jenn has led the world the last four out of five years when she is healthy. It just seems we are battling this thing on our own.”

When asked what’s next on Jenn Suhr’s schedule, he said: “Just taking time to heal up.” Suhr also won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She’s planning to defend her Olympic title next year in Rio.

Demi Payne won the pole vault title, clearing 14 feet, 11 inches at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Suhr’s world indoor record is 16-51/2.

Three former Rochester area high school standouts also competed in Boston. Webster Schroeder graduate Brycen Spratling finished sixth in the 600-meter run. His time of 1:17.23 was about two seconds behind former Penn State standout Casimir Loxsom (1:15.33) who broke his own American record.

Edison Tech grad Reggie Rucker finished seventh in the 60-meter hurdles. The former University at Buffalo standout finished in 7.95 seconds. Aleec Harris won the event (7.51). Honeoye Falls-Lima graduate Steve Mangan placed 13th in the men’s mile. Mangan, who ran at Dartmouth, finished in 4:07.05.




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