Fredonia's Jenn Suhr (formerly Stuczynski) gave an indication that she's getting close to top form by winning the women's pole vault in a Diamond League event Friday night in London. Suhr, who finished third to Russian rival Yelena Isinbayeva at Stockholm a week earlier, cleared a winning height of 4.79 meters, which converts to 15.72.
That's far from her best, but it was a significant improvement for Suhr, who jumped 15-1 to finish second in the nationals in late June in Eugene, Ore. That was good enough to qualify her for the World Championships later this month in South Korea. But Suhr was compromised in Oregon by poor health that has since been diagnosed as celiac disease, an allergy to gluten.
"This was a hard-fought battle and could be one of the biggest wins of my career," Suhr said via email after her win in London, exactly one year before the 2012 Olympics in that city. "It means a lot to me to get a win here in the UK. Hoping for the same result the next time I am herein London."
I'll have more on Suhr in a profile in the sports section of Sunday's Buffalo News.