Olympic champion Jenn Suhr seeks US indoor crown
Reigning Olympic champion and indoor world record-holder Jenn Suhr tries to reclaim her American women`s pole vault throne at this weekend`s US Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Suhr has won eight US outdoor crowns and seven national indoor titles, including the 2013 crown with an indoor world mark of 5.02 meters.
But she settled for second place last year at 4.66m behind defending champion and hometown favorite Mary Saxer. And with US leader Demi Payne entering as a tuneup for the US college indoor meet, 33-year-old Suhr could be tested in Sunday`s final session of the three-day Boston showdown.
"We have a great lineup," Saxer said. "There`s a lot of anticipation. It`s always exciting to compete against Jenn. It`ll be a quick competition but it should be great."
Marvin Bracy, last year`s world indoor runner-up, will be a 60m favorite along with Olympic relay medalist Trell Kimmons, who edged Jamaica`s Asafa Powell to win the Boston Indoor Grand Prix on the same track earlier this month.
The women`s 60 features 2012 Olympic relay gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta and 2011 world relay champion Shalonda Solomon.
Erik Kynard, second at the 2012 London Olympics, will try to defend his US indoor high jump crown while Christian Cantwell, a three-time world indoor champion a the 2008 Beijing Olympic runner-up, seeks the shot put title.
London Olympic 1,500 silver medalist Leo Manzano, 2013 world runner-up Matthew Centrowitz and Millrose Games 3,000 winner Lopez Lomong will be chasing the US mile crown in a preview of things to come in the outdoor campaign.
"We have some of the top guys that will see each other in the outdoor season as well," said Centrowitz. "Indoor season helps you re-evaluate and adjust to outdoor season."
Five-time Olympic high jumper Amy Acuff, 39, has been inactive but hopes to begin a quest for a sixth consecutive Olympics in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro with a sixth career US indoor crown. But she will be tested by 2012 world indoor champion Chaunte Lowe.