Pole vaulting requires a sprinter’s speed and a boxer’s power — and some simple physics.

We asked UA physics student Eric Copenhaver to explain how UA pole vaulter Shawn Barber — currently ranked No. 2 in the nation — is able to leap the height of a two-story building.

Barber will compete this weekend in the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships hosted by UA.

Copenhaver also has big plans. He will graduate and prepare for his next stop, the Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley.

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