Event: Pole Vault
PR: 4.60m/15-1 (2001)
Born: May 9, 1973, in St. Peters, Mo.
Current Residence: Jonesboro, Ark.
High School: Howell HS (Mo.) '91
Colleges: Florissant Valley JC '93; Arkansas State '96
Coach: Earl Bell
Agent: Caroline Feith
Career Highlights: Two-time Olympian (00 & 04); 2001 World Indoor silver medalist; 2006 USA Indoor champion; 1998 U.S. Outdoor champion; 1999 Pan American Games silver medalist
Suttle made her second Olympic team finishing third at the 2004 Olympic Trialsshe made a strong comeback in 2003 after recovering from knee surgery2001 was a breakout year on the world stage for Suttleafter winning the silver medal at the World Indoor Championships, she followed up with a PR 4.58m/15-0.25 winning clearance outdoors to win the Drake Relaysit was her first time over 15 feetSuttle got her start in vaulting while working as a gymnastics instructor at a local facility where some of the Arkansas State vaulters came for workoutsEarl Bell, a former world record holder in the pole vault who runs a top vault training center, was looking for a female to coach, and Jeff Hartwig, one of Bell's star pupils, asked Suttle if she wanted to try it. "I loved it right away. I did it off and on that first year, and since then I've been going non-stop. I had a really good coach from the beginning." Suttle had been a long jumper prior to her conversion to the vault, winning the Missouri HS state title as a junior in 1990 and placing 4th her senior yearher prep PR was 18-7at Florissant Valley, she improved to 19-2.75 and placed 6th in the JUCO nationals in 1993earned her degree in communications with an emphasis on radio and TV productiona member of the Olympic Job Opportunity Program (OJOP) in Jonesborohopes to pursue a career as a massage therapist.
2006: USA Indoor champion (4.55m/14-11) 7th at World Indoors
(4.40m/14-5.25)...4th at Reebok Grand Prix (4.29/14-00.75)
2005: 7th at USA Indoors (4.20m/13-9.25) tied for 4th at USA Outdoors (4.30m/14-1.25) 1st at Oxford, Miss. (4.41/14-5.5) 4th at Modesto 3rd at Payton Jordan U.S. Open (4.25m/13-11.25) ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN best of 4.41m/14-5.5.
2004: 3rd at Olympic Trials (4.55m/14-11)12th in semi finals at Olympic Games (4.15m/13-7.25)9th at USA Indoors (4.20m/13-9.25)3rd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (4.50m/14-9.25)1st at Jonesboro (4.67/15-3.75)3rd at Phoenix (4.50m/14.9)3rd at Millrose Games (4.25m/13-11.25i) 3rd at Tyson Foods Invitational (4.40m/14-5.25i)ranked #3 in the U.S. by T&FNbest of 4.67/15-3.75.
2003: Runner-up at USA Indoors (4.35m/14-3.25)4th at World Indoors (4.45m/14-7.25)Tied for 3rd at USA Outdoors (4.35m/14-3.25)2nd at Verizon Millrose Games (4.45m/14-7.25) 2nd at Tyson Foods Invitational (4.45m/14-7.25).1st at adidas Oregon Track Classic Outdoors (4.41m/14-5.5)1st at Jonesboro (4.51m/14-9.5)1st at Oracle U.S. Open (4.50m/14-9)1st at Gresham (4.41m/14-5.5)2nd at Poznan (4.58m/15-0.25)ranked #9 in the world and (#2 in U.S.) by T&FNbest of 4.58m/15-0.25.
2002: tied for 5th at USA Outdoors (4.20m/13-9.25)1st at Jonesboro (4.50m/14-9.25)ranked #5 in the U.S. by T&FNbest of 4.50m/14-9.25.
2001: Silver medalist at World Indoors (4.51m/14-9.5)1st at Modesto Relays (4.60m/15-1)1st at Drake Relays (4.58m/15-0.25) 2nd at USA Indoors (4.56m/14-11.5)8th at USA Outdoors (4.05m/13-03.50) 5th at Goodwill Games (4.20m/13-9.25) 2nd at adidas Oregon Classic (4.41m/14-5.50) 2nd at Peregrine Systems U.S. Open (4.41m/14-5.50)tie for 3rd at Prefontaine (4.31m/14-1.75)ranked #4 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 4.60m/15-1.
2000: 2nd at Olympic Trials 4.43m/14-6.25placed 11th at Olympics 4.00m/13-1.50won Pontiac Grand Prix Invitational 4.43m/14-6.25 and adidas DC Invitational 4.21m/13-09.752nd at GMC Envoy Open 4.53m/14-10.25 placed 4th at USA Indoors 4.32m/14-2 and adidas Oregon Track Classic 4.45m/14-07.25 ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN best of 4.53m/14-10.25.
1999: 2nd at USA Outdoors (14-1.25)...3rd at USA Indoors (13-11.25) 9th at World Champs (14-3.25)Pan American Games silver medalistranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN best of 14-3.75.
1998: Won USA Outdoors (14-0)8th at USA Indoors (11-11.75) 6th at Goodwill Games (13-5.25)ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN best of 14-0.
1997: Tied for 4th at USA Outdoorsranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN best of 12-9.5.
1996: Tied for 6th at USA Outdoors best of 12-7.5.
1995: Tied for 13th at USA Outdoorsbest of 12-2.