Meet American pole vaulter Jenn Stuczynski. See photos, video and a biography of Jenn below.
Jenn Stuczynski makes headlines again as she broke her own American record in the pole vault by clearing 16 feet 3/4 inches during the Adidas Track Classic in Carson, California Sunday. She set the previous American record of 16 feet last year during the Reebok Grand Prix in New York.
She is getting closer to the world record of 16 ft 5 1/2 inches set by Russian Yelena Isinbayeva.
As a biography, Jenn Stuczynski was born on February 5, 1982. She attended Fredonia High School in New York and participated in softball and basketball. When she was a senior, she was introduced to track and field and went on to become the New York State Champion in the pentathlon. Upon graduation, she moved on to Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York, where she was on the basketball team. She took the team to the NCAA National championship game during the 2003-2004 season. It wasn’t until her senior year in 2004 when she took up the pole vault.
Ine just one year, she won the 2005 NAIA Indoor National Title in the pole vault as well as taking the 2005 USA Indoor Championship title. In 2006, Jenn won her first US Outdoor title after clearing 14ft 11in. She placed third at the 2006 World Athletics Final.
Jen broke the U.S. outdoor pole vault record on May 20, 2007 after she cleared 15 feet, 10 1/2 inches, which beat the previous American record of 15 feet, 10 inches, held by Stacy Dragila in 2004. The following month, on June 2nd, 2007, Jenn cleared 16 feet, beating out the previous American record she set the month before.
Jenn placed second at the 2008 IAAF Indoor World Championships in Spain. On Sunday, May 18, 2008, Jenn cleared 16 feet 3/4 inches, which broke her original American record of 16 feet in 2007. See more of Jenn here on her website.
More photos and video of Jenn Stuczynski are below.