Shawn Barber Wins Pan American Junior Championship

AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron pole vaulter Shawn Barber captured gold at the Pan American Junior World Championships Sunday in Medellin, Colombia.

Barber, who was representing the Canadian National Team, jumped 17-06.50 (5.35m) to bring home the title, besting Louisiana High School Track & Field Athlete of the Year Dylan Duvio, who cleared 17-00.75 (5.20m). The Pan Am Junior Athletics Championships are open to athletes age 16 to 19 as of December 31, 2013.

It is the second major event championship Barber has secured this summer after claiming first place at the Canadian Track & Field Championships in June. The Canadian Pole Vault record holder also competed at the IAAF World Championships last month where he placed 16th in his group.

Barber’s busy summer followed a phenomenal freshman campaign at UA that saw the Texas native capture a pair of Mid-American Conference event titles, break school records for both indoor and outdoor marks and earn NCAA First Team All-America honors twice. As one of many highlights, he claimed the bronze medal at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a jump of 18-04.50.



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