Vaulter Shawn Barber was the top choice as number one, garnering 8 of 18 votes from the Track and Field News panel, but sprinter Tyreek Hill edged him by 2 points for Athlete of the Year honors, the smallest margin ever.  No vaulter has won since 2003. .

  • Shawn Barber (Kingswood, Texas) 2nd New Balance Indoor;1st State 4A; 1st Great Southwest; 1st New Balance Nationals; 6th USA Juniors; National High School Record 18-3 ½
  • Jacob Blankenship (Gahanna, Ohio) 1st Pole Vault Summit; 1st New Balance Indoor; 1st State; 2nd Mid-West Meet of Champions; 3rd USA Juniors; 17-6 ½
  • Dylan Bell (Alvarado, Texas) 4th New Balance Indoor; 2nd Texas Regions; 1st State-3A; 17-3 ¾
  • Reese Watson (Spring, Texas) 3rd Texas Region; 1st State 5A; 2nd Great Southwest; nh USA Juniors 17-7
  • Garrett Starkey (Chandler, Arizona) 3rd Pole Vault Summit; 2nd State; 3rd Great Southwest; 7th USA Juniors; 17-0 

Although he suffered a few loses, national record holder, Barber, backed up the big mark nicely…Blankenship had a long season and was good when it counted…Bell had no post season to boost his case

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