Melissa Price (pole vaulter)
Her personal best jump was 4.36 m (14 ft 31⁄2 in) metres, achieved in May 1998 in Houston.
Women were so new to pole vaulting that Price won the 1994 and 1995 National Championships while still in high school. Her 1995 victory set a new American record at 3.89 m (12 ft 9 in), beating another upstart pole vaulter from Idaho State University, Stacy Dragila. Price, then competing for Fresno State University finished second to Dragila the next two years and finished third in 1999. But 2000, the first Olympic year for women's pole vault, the competition had increased. Price would have needed to jump almost her personal best at the Olympic Trials just to get to Sydney, while Dragila raised the world record up to 4.63 m (15 ft 21⁄4 in) in that same meet. In Sydney, Dragila won the first gold medal.
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