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Jordan Scott had to build the suspense before he set a meet record in Saturday night's Jammin' and Jumpin' Street Vault, and Mary Saxer took a relaxed approach to claim another "big" check from the event. . .

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Following Friday night's masters competition, the sixth annual Jammin' and Jumpin' Street Vault continues today on the riverfront and has drawn a field that includes former Olympians, near-Olympians and perhaps future Olympians. . .

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The former Notre Dame pole vaulter was hoping to qualify for the Summer Olympics in her event, but last month at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., the 25-year-old South Bend resident just missed getting her ticket stamped, placing fourth. . .

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. . ."I hope you're not trying to check that," Mary Saxer, who will be jumping in the trials here, said in a nasal tone, mimicking the curmudgeonly character she often encounters. . .

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Seven years ago, when Mary Saxer was breaking all those records, people assumed it would come to this. As a senior at Lancaster, she broke the national high school record seven times. . .

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Mary Saxer never dreamed of a professional pole vault career when she was in high school. Who would? But then, in the summer between her sophomore and junior years, Saxer attended a camp for sprinters and long jumpers in her home state of New York. . .

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The story for Mary Saxer began at Lancaster High School in 2003. Under the suggestion of Rick Suhr, she picked up a pole for the first time. The results were explosive. . .

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Under a ceiling that loomed like a hovering spaceship, Mary Saxer hit the bar during the women's pole vault competition at the U.S. Open Track and Field meet. . .

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Mary Saxer was the first high school vaulter to clear 14 feet surprising many with her meteoric rise to the top within a very short period of time. She also set an American Junior record and a world leading mark for the under 17 year age group. . .

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Mary Saxer of the U.S. drops to the mat after clearing the bar in the pole vault at the US Open Track and Field meet at Madison Square Garden in New York January 28, 2012.

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In turning in a personal-best vault of 4.62m at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., 2009 Notre Dame alum and All-American pole vaulter Mary Saxer. . .

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Mary, a senior pole vaulter at Lancaster High, broke her national record for the third time this year when, at the Dartmouth Relays, she became the first U.S. high school girl to clear 14 feet indoors. . .

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The Gleaner

Saxer soars to victory in Street Vault

The Gleaner

Street Vault features Olympic hopefuls

M Live

Grand Haven Beach Pole Vault Event

The New York Times

Clearing the Bar Is the Easy Part

Buffalo News

Saxer Gets Her Passion Back

South Bend Tribune

Local Vaulters Rise to Occasion

YNN Rochester

Going for the London Games

Sports Illustrated

Leading Off

National Scholastic Sports Foundation

Where Are They Now? - Interview

Reuters

Saxer competing in the US Open

Notre Dame

Saxer Qualifies For World Championships

Sports Illustrated

Faces In The Crowd

  • Representing Team USA at Worlds

    A few weeks overdue, but it doesn’t take away from how great it felt to wear USA across my chest again and represent our country on one of the World’s biggest stages-the World Championships. Coming off of winning my first national title and jumping a new PR I felt excited and ready to jump for a medal at Worlds. I traveled with team USA to Sopot, Poland almost a week before my competition. I enjoyed 1. traveling with a team and 2. arriving so early to the competition. However … Read more

    Mon Mar 31st, 2014

Indoor U.S. Nationals
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