Sterling Lawyer Wins
High Jump World Championship
By Matt Vecchio
Thursday, 11 March 2010
You dont stop playing because you get old, you get
old because you stop playing. -George Bernard Shaw.
Bruce McBarnette, of
Sterling, perhaps personifies this quote the best. McBarnette, 52,
is a lawyer, owns a real estate firm, has modeled and acted, and,
oh yeah, is a world champion high jumper.
McBurnette jumped 6 feet,
6 3/4 inches (2.00 meters) at Duke in 2006, setting an age record.
On March 6, McBarnette won the World Masters Indoor Track and Field
Championships in the high jump for men over 50 years old. He jumped
6 feet (1.85 meters) to claim the title in Kamloops, Canada. This
was his eighth World Championship victory for his age group. McBarnette
has broken the USA high jump record for his age group 10 times in
less than two years.
McBarnette competes for
USA Track and Field. He was named Athlete of the Year in 2008 for
men 39-54 years old.
Its a wonderful
feeling to go to the international competitions around the globe
to share the comrade and develop friendships with people from around
the world, McBarnette said. Everyone is so supportive
of each other and share the love of the sport.
McBarnette got his start
while pursuing an undergraduate degree and playing football at Princeton
My first year I
went out for the track team in the spring, as I wanted to stay conditioned,
Thats when he met
coach Fred Samara, a former Olympian and Princetons coach.
Samara needed a high jumper for his team, and McBarnette was a natural
fit. Under Samaras tutelage, McBarnette jumped his way to
the top of the Ivy League.
with a newfound love for the sport. He continued competing while
pursuing his law degree at New York University.
McBarnette also dabbled
in acting, appearing on TV shows such as West Wing,
The Wire and Law and Order, and in movies
such as Rendition and Shooter.
Its not easy setting
high jump records at any age, and McBarnette employs a rigorous
workout schedule to stay in elite shape.
I do a lot of sprint
workouts, distance training every day, stretching, running hills
and running stairs, McBarnette said. I workout in the
snow, whatever the weather. That gives you a snapshot of what kind
of training I do.
McBarnette will likely
be jumping for a long time to come.
I want to compete
as long as Im physically able to, McBarnette said. No
matter how old you are, theres always a group you can compete
with, so I have no plans to stop jumping. Ive been doing it
so long its become a part of my life.
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