© Copyright – 2014 – Athletics IllustratedBarber_Flash

Twenty-year-old Canadian Pole Vault athlete, Shawnacy Barber, today broke the national indoor record by vaulting to the height of 5.87m (19’3″) at the Texas Expo Vault competition, which he won. His previous personal best was 5.75m set at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 15, 2014. This height is technically a new collegiate record; however, he was registered as an unattached athlete, so it may not stand (as a collegiate record). He also owns the national outdoor record with his personal best of 5.71m accomplished in 2013.

He is gaining plenty of international experience, as he has competed in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games earning a bronze medal, with a 5.45 vault. Over the past two years he has also competed in the World Junior Championships earning a bronze medal, World University Games (FISU), IAAF World Track and Field Championships, Pan American Junior Championships (gold) and the Francophone Games (silver).

Barber competes for the University of Akron Zips in the first division of the NCAA.

Watch the jump here: