FAYETTEVILLE – Soon-to-be junior Tina Sutej, a pole vaulter for the Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field team, has had a busy and successful summer competing in her native Slovenia.
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.
She will compete next in the qualifiers for the European Championships and then the European Championships, in Barcelona, July 27-Aug. 1.