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Alex Barker, senior @ Conrad Weiser HS
Alex with 2000 Olympic SILVER Medalist and
American Indoor record holder Lawrence Johnson
aka: LoJo, also a former "camper" in HS.
HS PR 17-6 OPEN PR 19-7
Alex with Carl Lewis the 9x OLYMPIC GOLD
medalist and former world record holder in the 100 meters and the most decorated Track & Field athlete in history.
Alex with Penn Relays Collegiate Elite
Champion from VA TECH
Jared ihas been a FiberBender protgee'
since high school.
Barker places 11th at USA Indoor National Championships
@ the Armory Track Center in New York City
He jumps a Personal Record 15'-2.5"
Alex Barker has set some seriously "lofty" goals for his senior year. The Conrad Weiser HS senior recently competed in the USA high school indoor championships at the Armory in New York City. Following his performance there he may be well on his way to acheiving those BIG goals.
Alex, was adopted as a baby from Romania by his parents Steve and Debbie. When he started pole vaulting as a 7th grader he had a dream to compete for his homeland Olympic Team. Before that can happen, he has to jump a minimum of 18'-0.5", which is the Olympic "B" standard,... translated means... it is the lowest height you can jump and make it into the games. That height also happens to be the Romanian National record. A tall order for anyone... let alone a teenager.
Now, a much more real possibility exsists to compete for Romania this year in the World Junior Championships in Barcelona SPAIN this summer. In order to do that he has to jump a height of 5.00 meters or 16'- 4.75". His training partner Justin Germani, a Kutztown Univ grad and All-American, only jumped 15-0 mid-way thru his high school senior spring season before he jumped 16'-2.5" at the end of the season. Alex is well ahead of his pace and feels he that he can eclipse that height, which is the current PA District 3 AAA record, Alex feels that 17'-0" is a real possibility and if he does that...he will be the first pole vaulter in PA history to do so. His coach, Lance Atkins, who has coached several 17 plus vaulers in high school, feels that Alex, who is a hard worker, can make his dreams come true. Of course... time will tell.... so we wish Alex the best and hope he gets a chance to represent the land in which he was born... in the World Junior Cahampionships, if not the Olympic Games..
Good Luck Alex
Alex's Personal Record Progression
Height Grade Meet PR Jumped (only Inv counted) Place
10' 6" 8th 2008 Berks County Jr HS Champs (1st)
11' 3" 9th 2009 John Shaner Inv. (6th)
12' 6" 10th 2010 Leonard Stephan Inv (3rd)
12' 9" 10th 2010 John Shaner Inv (2nd)
13' 3" 10th " " " " " 2 PR meet
13' 6" 11th 2011 Leonard Stephan Inv (1st)
14' 0" 11th 2011 John Shaner Inv. (2nd)
14' 3" 11th 2011 District 3 Championships (4th)
14' 6" 12th 2012 Last Chance Qualifier (2nd)
14' 9" 12th " " " " "
15' 1" 12th " " " " " 3 PR meet
15 2.5" 12th 2012 USA National Inddor Champs (11th)