The Terps had a good showing at the annual Maryland Indoor Invitational last week, and the brightest star at the meet was high jumper Dwight Barbiasz. I first mentioned Barbiasz in my winter sports preview post in October. He was the most touted indoor track and field recruit in this year’s over-sized freshman class. Last year at Milford H.S., Barbiasz set the New Hampshire high school state record in long jump with a 6’8″ mark and in high jump with a 7’11” leap on his way to becoming the High School Outdoor National High Jump Champion, as well becoming as the National Long Jump Champion.
On January 10th, Barbiasz immediately made his presence felt on the world of college track and field with a record 7-00.25 mark in the long jump. Later in the week he won the event at the Maryland Indoor Invitational by bettering his own record with a 7-01.25 jump. When an athlete begins his college career by breaking a record and then re-breaking his own record a week later one can assume that he’s destined to take the sport to new heights. Barbiasz has also given me the opportunity to be the first person ever to make a “new heights” analogy in describing a track and field athlete, which is a personal honor and a privilege.
I think we’re going to hear more and more about this kid the closer we get to the 2012 London Olympics. Kudos to head coach Andrew Valmon for bringing Barbiaszin as part of a very talented class of freshmen. With athletes like this, the team should be in good shape for years to come.