NEW YORK CITY – Akron junior pole vaulter Shawn Barber (Kingwood, Texas) surpassed 19-0.25 (5.80m) to capture the invitational title at the prestigious Armory Track Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The triumph was the fourth this season for Barber, who also won the Texas Expo Vault, Jan. 3, Akron Pole Vault Convention, Jan. 9, and in the Zips’ dual meet victory past Kent State on Jan. 16.

“Making 19 again after the competition went out early was big,” Akron head coach Dennis Mitchell commented. “He also had another very close one at 19-4. We look forward to the Akron Invite on Saturday.”

The top-seeded vaulter in the competition, Barber was the lone competitor to surpass 18-3.25 (5.57m) to win the event.

Jack Whitt, the 2012 NCAA champion, Victor Weirich, and 2013 and 2014 NCAA outdoor pole vault champion Sam Kendricks, finished second, third and fourth, respectively, after each flying past 17-11.25 (5.47m).

Looking to continue to up his height, Barber cleared both 18-7.25 (5.67m) and 19-0.25 (5.80m) on his third and final attempts.

In his bid to set a new collegiate record at 19-4.25, Barber came up short on each of his three attempts at the mark.

Barber and the Zips return to action on Friday, Feb. 6, hosting the 11th-Annual Akron Invitational at the Stile Athletics Field House.




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