Riga’s Jenn Suhr captured the biggest victory of her career today in Zurich, Switzerland, winning the Weltklasse Meet against a world-class field that included five of the top six competitors in women’s pole vaulting history.
The top eight finishers from last month’s World Championships in South Korea, where Suhr was fourth, competed.
The former Roberts Wesleyan star and 2008 Olympic silver medalist won by clearing 4.72 meters (15 feet, 5.82 inches) on her first attempt while runner-up Silke Spiegelburg of Germany needed two tries to clear that height. Each failed at 4.79 (15-8.58). Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva, Suhr’s biggest rival, a two-time Olympic champion and the only woman to ever vault higher than Suhr, finished third.
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Weltklasse Zürich Zürich (SUI) – Thursday, Sep 08, 2011
Pole Vault – W
Official Results – Women – Pole Vault
||Anna Katharina Schmid
ZURICH, Switzerland — Carmelita Jeter, Jenn Suhr and Brittney Reese all picked up wins as competition resumed in the Diamond League in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday. Many members of Team USA traveled directly from the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, to Zurich as Diamond League competition continued.
The world champion at 100 meters, Jeter picked up a win in the 200m in a time of 22.27, while Suhr cleared a height of 4.72m/15-5.75 to win the pole vault and beat a field that included world champion Fabiana Murer of Brazil and world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia. Two-time world champ Reese reached a distance of 6.72m/22-0.75 to win the long jump to continue her dominance.
Zurich was also a meet that showed depth as Americans claimed six second place finishes and five third place finishes.
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Yelena Isinbayeva was beaten again in the pole vault, finishing third after a single clearance at 15 feet, 1¾ inches. American Jennifer Suhr won at 15-5¾.
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Women’s pole vault 1. Jennifer Suhr (U.S.) 4.72 2. Silke Spiegelburg (Germany) 4.72 3. Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) 4.62 3=. Fabiana Murer (Brazil) 4.62 5. Yarisley Silva (Cuba) 4.62 6. Svetlana Feofanova (Russia) 4.52 7. Anna Rogowska (Poland) 4.42 8. Nicole Buechler (Switzerland) 4.42
shot put results http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/08092011/2/athletics-zurich-diamond-league-results-2.html
Assistant Track – Pole Vault Coach
Wichita Falls High School’s Jayson Lavender and Nocona’s Brad Keck also have been head coaches at their alma maters for three years.
A benefit of coaching at one’s alma mater is that a level of trust already has been established with administrators, some parents and others in the community.
“I played with some of the kids’ parents as far back as Boys Club football — that’s how deep it goes,” Lavender said. “So they can come in and immediately feel comfortable talking with me. They feel more comfortable expressing concerns or thoughts than if they didn’t know you.”
Lavender was a standout track champion for the Coyotes, winning three goals medals in the pole vault at state. In his senior year, he set a Texas high school record with a height of 17-6
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I saw Danny Lopez make the Olympic team in the steeplechase, by a breath, and pole vaulter Kory Tarpenning make the team on his last jump. I was at Hayward Field the night that Sergey Bubka attempted a world record in the pole vault and revived the Pre Classic, and there when Alan Webb broke Jim Ryun’s prep record in the mile, and when Maria Mutola bowed out after her 16th straight Pre Classic win. I saw the Olympic Trials return to Hayward Field in 2008, the place they belong, and watched the hometown guys sweep the 800 meters, my legs shaking along with the West Grandstand.
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