Suhr sets American pole vault record

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Granted a rare fourth attempt in her American-record bid in the pole vault, 2008 Olympic silver medalist Jenn Suhr cleared 15-feet, 111/4-inches Sunday in the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Officials determined the bar was improperly set on her unsuccessful her third try, so Suhr got another opportunity and made good, upping her own mark of two years ago by an inch.

Suhr's record was one of two in the meet, after shot putter Jillian Camarena-Williams went 65-feet, 21/4 inches to break Ramona Pagels distance from 1987 by two inches.

It was a noteworthy meet for the women, with distance specialist Jenny Simpson pulling off the double by adding the mile Sunday to her victory in the 3,000 on Saturday. She's just the fourth women tow in both since 1975, when they were added to the championship schedule.

Mark Rodgers turned in a strong performance in the 60 meters, running a world-leading time of 6.48 seconds despite a limited training regimen because of poor weather.

Hurdler Kellie Wells also claimed the world's fastest women's time this year, going 7.79 in both the preliminaries and the finals of the 60 meters.

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