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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

  • Fun, living in the moment...this year's theme!

    This year it’s all about having fun. It’s about having a blast doing what I love and soaking up all the moments that pole vault gives me!

    Indoor was of course about fun, but it was very much about getting down to business with the 4.71m qualifying height for World’s and needing to place top 2 at Nationals to make the team. I was able to get the job done and am still soaking up the whole “National Champ” feeling!! Now outdoor has officially begun and … Read more

    Mon Apr 28th, 2014

Indoor U.S. Nationals
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