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Suhr falls a bit short; Page scores twice for Team USA

Jen Suhr (Fredonia) finished in a tie for fifth place in the pole vault at the world indoor track and field championships in Sopot, Poland on Sunday.

American teammate Mary Saxer (Lancaster) finished eighth.

Suhr cleared 15 feet, 3 inches in her first jump of the competition. She passed at 15-5, but then missed three times at 15-7. Yarisley Silva of Cuba cleared 15-5 and won the event. Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia and Jirina Svobodova of the Czech Republic also cleared 15-5, but missed on a share of the championship through a countback.

“This basically sums up my season,” Suhr said. “I’ve been off all season but I just started figuring things out. It’s heartbreaking and I haven’t really processed it yet.”

Saxer cleared 14-11 1/4 in the competition.

“Honestly, I felt awesome on the runway but because of that, I had to keep moving my starting mark back. Because of that, my posture was different and I tried to adjust but I came in at my highest height ever and I cleared 2 bars on my first attempt,” Saxer said. “Obviously the winning height was the height I cleared to win nationals, so I was right there, but it’s about adjusting. I’m disappointed but I’m not mad. I had a great experience here.”

Page leads Team USA at Paralympics

• Adam Page of Lancaster scored twice to help Team USA beat South Korea, 3-0, in Paralympic Sled Hockey in Sochi, Russia. Steve Cash made nine saves for the shutout as Team USA clinched a spot in the medal round. It can clinch the top seed with a win over Russia on Tuesday.

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