Shawn Barber picked up where he left off in the indoor campaign posting a world-leading outdoor mark in 2015 en route to setting a new school, meet and Canadian National record eclipsing 19-4.25 (5.90m) to win the pole vault invitational at the Texas Relays on Saturday, March 28.
"They set up a very high-powered vault competition with the best in North America and adding some great British competitors," Akron track and field coach Dennis Mitchell commented. "It was not a disappointment with three 19-plus vaults. Shawn was behind after passing at 19-2.5 before turning in a great second jump at 19-4.25. His first jump at six meters was close. I was very pleased with a meet record and I'm sure a world-leading outdoor mark."
Barber employed some strategy en route to the title as after clearing 19-0.24 (5.80m) on his second attempt, he decided to pass on all three attempts at 19-2.25 (5.85m). The tactic worked as Sam Kendricks and Tennessee's Jake Blankenship each failed to clear 19-2.25 before Barber soared past 19-4.25 (5.90m) on his second attempt.
Having won the event, Barber again sought to surpass 6.0m (19-8.25) for the first time in his career. He nearly cleared the height on his first attempt, but was unable best the mark in his three attempts.