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Tina Sutej
Position: Pole Vault
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Ljubljana, Slovenia
High School: Gimnazija Bezigrad
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Tina Sutej
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Release: 01/14/2009

2011 NCAA CHAMPION
THREE-TIME ALL-AMERICAN
FOUR-TIME SEC CHAMPION
FOUR-TIME ALL-SEC
NCAA RECORD HOLDER
SCHOOL RECORD HOLDER
2011 NATIONAL OUTDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
THREE-TIME SOUTH CENTRAL FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
BOWERMAN FINALIST
2009 ALL-REGION
NATIONAL QUALIFIER
REGIONAL QUALIFIER
2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PARTICIPANT
2011 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES RUNNER-UP
SEC SPRING ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL

2011: INDOOR: Sutej began her string of victories with first-place efforts at the Arkansas Invitational (14-5.25) and Virginia Tech Invitational (14-3.25). As was the case with all of her winning marks during the indoor season, the clearances were NCAA automatic qualifiers. After a win at the Razorback Invitational, Sutej-using someone else's poles-set the meet record at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational with a clearance of 14-7.25. At the Tyson Invitational, she cleared 14-8 to extend her winning streak to five. Sutej made history at the SEC Championships on her way to a successful defense of her conference title. She established an NCAA record with her clearance of 14-10.75 and became the first in SEC history to win consecutive pole vault titles. In addition to setting the collegiate mark, she improved upon her own school and SEC Championships meet record. The clearance also marked a new national mark for her native Slovenia. Sutej capped her indoor campaign with a clearance of 14-7.25 and a victory at the NCAA Championships. She became the eighth NCAA champion in program history, and the ninth overall. For her season performance, Sutej was named the USTFCCCA South Central Region Field Athlete of the Year and SEC Field Athlete of the Year. She was also the recipient of three SEC Field Athlete of the Week accolades during the indoor campaign. OUTDOOR: At the Texas Relays, Sutej posted another victory with a clearance of 14-9. The mark represented a new Texas Relays meet record. She collected another meet record (14-7.25) with her victory at Penn Relays. In the final home meet of the year, Sutej cleared 14-9.5 at the Arkansas Twilight to establish a school record. At the SEC Championships, she completed her sweep of conference titles with a victory at the conference meet. The win came with an NCAA-record clearance of 15-1.5. The clearance was also a new school record, SEC meet record and Slovenian national record. After qualifying for the national meet at the NCAA West Preliminary, Sutej closed out the collegiate season with a clearance of 14-7.25 and runner-up showing at the NCAA Championships. The clearance was an NCAA Championships meet record and she finished second based on misses. During the outdoor season, she collected three more SEC Field Athlete of the Week honors. She continued to rack up the honors with selections as the SEC Field Athlete of the Year, South Central Region Field Athlete of the Year and USTFCCCA National Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.  Sutej was also honored as one of three finalists for The Bowerman. For her work in the classroom, she was also a member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll. Following the collegiate season, she went on to finish second at the World University Games with a clearance of 14-11. Sutej also represented her native Slovenia at the IAAF World Championships where she posted a best mark of 14-5.25 and finished 21st overall during the preliminary round.

2010: INDOOR: Sutej opened her sophomore campaign with an automatic qualifying clearance of 13-11.25 and a second-place finish in the pole vault. She secured the event title at the Texas A&M Challenge and finished fourth at the Tyson Invitational with a mark of 14-1.75. She finished the indoor season with four clearances exceeding the 14-foot mark. At the SEC Championships, Sutej captured the pole vault title at a height of 14-7.5. With the clearance, she established a school record and broke the SEC Championship meet record. For her work during the season, Sutej was named the NCAA South Central Field Athlete of the Year. She closed out the indoor season with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. OUTDOOR: Sutej opened the outdoor season with a second-place finish in the pole vault at the Razorback Spring Invitational. At the McDonnell Invitational, she cleared 14.1-25 for another runner-up performance. She picked up her first win of the season at Penn Relays with a clearance of 13-7.25. Sutej completed her sweep of the conference pole vault titles with a first-place performance at the SEC Championships. She went on to secure her spot at the national meet with a second-place effort at the NCAA West Prelims in Austin. At the NCAA Championships, she matched the program's best all-time finish in the pole vault with a runner-up performance. Sutej cleared the height of 14-5.25 to earn the silver finish and collect her first career All-America honor. During the summer season, while competing at the Slovenian National Championships, she won the pole vault title with a clearance of 14-9, improving upon her own national record and setting the new school record.

2009: INDOOR: Sutej made her Razorback debut at the Arkansas Invitational where she posted a clearance of 13-5.25, good for a runner-up finish and an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark. The freshman was able to post her best height of the season at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational with a clearance of 13-9.25, good for another runner-up finish and an NCAA automatic qualifier. She also tied the Slovenian National record with her clearance. At the SEC Championships, she earned a bronze finish with a height of 13-5. She ended the season with a 12th-place finish (13-3.5) at the NCAA Championships. OUTDOOR: She competed at the UC Irvine Spring Break Classic, finishing tied for second with a height of 12-7.5, good for an NCAA regional-qualifying mark. She improved upon that mark at the John McDonnell Invitational where she cleared 13-1.75. At the MSSU Invitational, she cleared her season-best height of 13-7.25, good for fifth place. At the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, Sutej posted a height of 13-1.75 for a sixth-place finish and all-region honors.

AT GIMNAZIJA BEZIGRAD: Sutej was a three-time Junior National Champion in her native Slovenia. During her prep career, she competed at the 2007 European Indoor Championships, the 2006 World Junior Championships and the 2005 IAAF World Youth Championships and European Junior Championships. She cleared her personal-best height of 13-11.25 at the World Junior Championships in Beijing in 2006.

PERSONAL: Born Nov. 7, 1988, she is the daughter of Marko Sutej and Zumra Cankusic. She is enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and is majoring in biology.


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