FAYETTEVILLE – Soon-to-be junior Tina Sutej, a pole vaulter for the Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field team, continues to find success during summer competitions in Europe.
At the 2010 European Championships, held in Barcelona July 28-30, she finished 10th in the finals of the pole vault with a clearance of 14-3.25. Sutej advanced to the finals with a seventh-place finish and a clearance of 14-3.25 during the qualification round.
At the Slovenian National Championships, in Velenje, Slovenia on July 18, Sutej won the pole vault title with a clearance of 14-9. Her height improves her Slovenian National record and is also the Arkansas school record. She replaces the previous mark of 14-5.5, set by Katie Stripling in 2010.
Her mark of 14-9 also meets the "B" qualifying standard for the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Korea and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Sutej also cleared 14-7.25 on July 13, at the 21st International Meeting ËKrka 2010Ë in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. Sutej now holds the No. 1 and No. 2 jumps in school history and three of the top five clearances on Arkansas’ all-time list.
Sutej earned a runner-up finish at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pole vault. She also swept the 2010 SEC Indoor and Outdoor titles in the event. She set a school and SEC meet record indoors with her clearance of 14-7.5. She was named the NCAA South Central Field Athlete of the Year for the 2010 indoor season.