Roberts Wesleyan pole vaulter qualifies for Olympics

CHILI, N.Y. – Roberts Wesleyan University student athlete Brynn King is going to the Olympics – and she’s coming off her career-best pole vault performance.

King, a fifth year senior, became one of three athletes to qualify for Team USA in women’s pole vault on Sunday night at the Olympic trials at the University of Oregon. She cleared her career best of 4.73 meters on her first attempt, which earned her a third place finish.

The university has a strong connection to the Olympic Games. King is coached by Jenn Suhr, a 2004 graduate and three-time Olympian who brought home a gold medal in 2012 and silver in 2008.

King, a Texas native, will compete in Paris on Aug. 5 and Aug. 7. She is coming of an NCAA Division II national championship in women’s pole vault.

Bridget Williams of Pennsylvania and Katie Moon of Ohio were also selected for the U.S. Olympic team when they cleared 4.73 meters.