Event runs from July 2-5
BY JOHN MACKINNON, EDMONTON JOURNAL
When Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber’s pole snapped in the warm-up for the recent NCAA track and field championships, it was a mildly unsettling situation, but one he’d dealt with in the past.
Like, way in the past, when he was seven years old, fooling around in the airplane hangar his father, George, had converted into a field house on their New Mexico farm. The facility came complete with a pole vault pit and gymnastics apparatus for Shawn and his brother, Braden, to play on.