Jasper’s Barbay vaulting for state title

Photo: Mona Barbay


Bryce Barbay recently qualified for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals track meet in the decathlon.  The 10 event competition will focus on every aspect of track and field from the 100 meter sprint to the discus.

On Saturday, May 11 Barbay will only be concentrating on one event, some say his best event, the pole vault at the Texas 4A state track meet in Austin.  Barbay is currently recognized as a top vaulter in his class and will most likely be competing for the gold medal against Kyle Stifflemire of Gatesville and Montana Welch of Taylor.

Barbay just tied his personal best vault of 15’3” at the Region 3-4A meet last week at Sam Houston State University.

“The gold medal could be as high as 16 (feet),” said Barbay, a Jasper High School junior.

“Whatever it takes to get the medal that’s what Im going to get.”

Barbay has been pole vaulting “since the second grade” and is ready to bring a state champion medal to his school and to his legendary family.  Barbay is the grandson of long-time Newton head football coach Curtis Barbay.  His uncle Darrel is the current head football coach at Jasper and his father Bryan is the offensive coordinator.

Competition runs in the Barbay family’s blood.

“Winning the state gold will mean more to my family and school than just me,” said Barbay

“It would be a great accomplishment for sure.  State champion or not Im just going to feel grateful to be competing at the state championship.”

“But make no mistake, Im going to Austin to bring back the gold medal.”

A slight advantage has already come Barbay’s way for the meet as he has drawn the number five slot in the pole vault order.  Both Stifflemire and Welch will precede Barbay in the jump order.

“Its always best to compete back in the order,” said Barbay.  

“That way you can see where the mark is set and if you want to go above it.”

Above and beyond is the Barbay way.

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