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.