OBSERVER Staff Report
Fredonia native Jenn Suhr has cleared 14 feet 9 inches on her first attempt.
The Olympian, who won silver in 2008, passed on previous attempts before clearing her first jump in the qualifying round of the Summer Games from London in women's pole vaulting.
Fredonia native Jennifer Suhr cleared 4.55 meters — or 14-feet-9 — in her only jump on Saturday.
There were 10 other vaulters also at the mark competing from a group of around 50.
Suhr's proud father, Mark Stuczynski, said in a phone call they're very happy but he hadn't spoken to his daughter yet.
"We don't hear from her that often. With the schedule of practice and everything, there just isn't any time. Her brother is there with her, though, and he called us last night," he said.
Recently, Mark and his wife Sue told the OBSERVER the second time at the Olympics doesn't feel any less special than the first time.
"If anything it's more special," Mark explained.
"It's definitely not less special," Sue reiterated. "I wouldn't say we're seasoned veterans either. It's funny how much things have changed in four years."
Suhr arrived in London on Wednesday, but chose not to participate in the opening ceremonies on Friday.
"It's something like nine hours on your feet," Mark said. "Between the procession and the time getting ready beforehand, it really wears your athletes down."
The finals will take place on Monday, Aug. 6. and will be televised on NBC from 8 p.m. to midnight.