Texas prep Shawn Barber takes fourth in Canadian Olympic Trials pole vault

Shawn Barber, here winning the pole vault at NBNO, was fourth in the same event at the Canadian Olympic Trials Friday. John Dye/ESPNHS

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CALGARY, Alberta -- Shawn Barber, a Kingwood Park (Houston, Texas) senior and Canadian/American dual citizen who has had an outstanding year in the pole vault, was fourth Friday in his bid to make the Canadian Olympic team in the event.

Barber cleared just 15-11 during the Canadian Trials final. Not only would he have had to place in the top three to make the team, but also have cleared the Olympic ‘A’ (18-9.25) or ‘B’ (18-4.5) standards. However, Barber’s international opportunities will continue as he is listed for the Canadian team for the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, July 10-15, according to athletics.ca, where he will be a medal contender.

Barber’s 2012 has been quite the odyssey, beginning with a shocking 17-6.5 at the Texas A&M Indoor Classic in January where he beat his previous PR by a foot and became #2 all-time on the indoor list (#3 presently). He won the Simplot Games at 17-2.75, then placed second at the New Balance Nationals Indoor.

Outdoors, his best again came early with a US#1 17-8 (#11 all-time) in a low-key relay meet in Texas in March. He racked up several major titles, including the Texas Relays (17-6.5), Texas 4A state meet (16-0), Great Southwest (17-5.5), and New Balance Nationals Outdoor (16-4). The same weekend as NBNO, he also competed at USATF Junior Nationals (even though he wasn’t trying to represent Team USA) and was sixth (his only outdoor loss).