Olympic gold medalist Stacy Dragila Enters Peregrine Systems U.S. Open at Stanford on June 9

May 23, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. -- For Stacy Dragila, being the first hascome easy. She was the first woman to win a pole vault gold medalat the World Championships. She was the first to win gold at theSummer Olympics. She was the first to surpass the 14- and 15-foot barriers. Given time, Dragila could be the first woman to clear16 feet.

Certainly, there is no better woman vaulter in the world today.Dragila has proven that time and again, the most recent comingApril 27 when she raised her own world record to 15-5. The 30-year-old American now owns six of the top seven highest jumps of all-time.

Dragila will continue her high-flying exploits with hopes ofraising the bar one more time when she competes in the PeregrineSystems U.S. Open on June 9 at Stanford University's Cobb Track& Angell Field. The IAAF Grand Prix I meet is the third stop on theUSATF Golden Spike Tour and will be nationally televised by CBSand broadcast June 10 at 2 p.m. (PDT).

Dragila was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1999 after winning theinaugural World Championships event in Seville. She was rankedNo. 1 again for 2000 with her clutch victory in Sydney. She set theprevious world record of 15-2 at the U.S. Olympic Trials inSacramento last summer.

Dragila set the Angell Field record of 14-11 1/4 in this meet lastyear during a season that saw her clear 15 feet or better eighttimes.

Joining Dragila will be fellow vault Olympians Kellie Suttle andMel Mueller, plus Mary Sauer and Alicia Warlick. Dragila, Suttle(14-10 1/4), Mueller (14-9) and Sauer (14-8) were America's No. 1-2-3-4 vaulters last season while Warlick (14-3 1/4) was ranked sixth.This season, Suttle has cleared 15-1 to join Dragila in thatexclusive club. Warlick, meanwhile, has a career best of 14-9 thisyear and is knocking on that door.

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