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Stuczynski is meeting expectations she never had

Updated: July 11, 2007, 5:00 PM ET
By Dimity McDowell | ESPN The Magazine

As recently as three years ago, Jenn Stuczynski had never propelled herself higher than 5'5'', which was good enough for the school high-jump record at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y. In May, the 25-year-old, now with pole in hand, vaulted 16 feet at the Reebok Grand Prix, breaking her own American record.

Before turning to the vault, Stuczynski was a gifted all-around athlete who set Roberts Wesleyan records in the javelin, 400-meter hurdles and basketball scoring. Still, ...

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