US record holder Suhr raising bar in pole vault

PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer Published:

Rick Suhr, the husband and coach of the best pole vaulter in the U.S., realizes he may need to raise the roof for his star pupil.

He simply has no other choice with Jenn Suhr practically leaping through the ceiling.

Inside their custom-built domed practice facility near Rochester, N.Y., Suhr, a college basketball standout turned Olympic silver medalist, almost scrapes the top of the 20-foot structure with her feet each time she vaults.

And while raising the roof is an expensive undertaking, it's a small price for someone routinely raising the bar to new heights.

Jenn Suhr broke her own American record two weeks ago in Boston, when she easily soared over 16 feet.