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Jenn Suhr named USATF Athlete of the Week after World Indoor record

INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr is USATF Athlete of the Week after breaking her own world record in pole vault indoors at the Brockport Golden Eagle Multi & Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 30 on the campus of SUNY Brockport in Brockport, New York.
Suhr (Fredonia, New York), who set the previous world record of 5.02m/16-5.5 at USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2013, made a clean clearance on her third attempt, raising the bar to a new 5.03m/16-6 world indoor record. She also made three attempts at 5.07m/16-7.50.
Prior to the meet in Brockport, Suhr had attempted the 5.03m/16-6 at the Doug Raymond Invitational in Kent, Ohio, where she set a then-world leading 4.91m/16-1.25.
Suhr next competes at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Sunday, February 14. Fans can watch #NBIGP from 4-6 p.m. EST on USATF.TV and NBC Sports.
Other notable performance of the week:
  • Gwen Berry (Oxford, Mississippi) world lead in the 20-pound weight throw with her 24.02m/78-9.75 at the Vanderbilt Invitational.
  • Matthew Centrowitz (Annapolis, Maryland), world leader in the mile with his 3:54.02 at the JDL meet.
  • Kim Conley (Sacramento, California), world leader in the 5000m with a 15:09.31 at Seattle. One of the 10 fastest U.S. indoor 5K times ever on any size track.
  • Shannon Rowbury (San Francisco, California), world leader in the mile with a 4:26.01 at the JDL meet.
  • Raven Saunders (Charleston, South Carolina), world leader in the shot put with a throw of 18.98m/62-3.25 at the Vanderbilt Invitational. No. 3 all-time in NCAA history.
Now in its 15th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2016 Winners: Jan. 13, Garrett Heath; Jan. 20, Donavan Brazier; Jan. 27, Kendra Harrison; Feb. 3, Jenn Suhr.
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