Melrose youth sets national pole vault record

CNJ staff

Caley Barnard, 12, of Melrose, set a new girls national junior pole vault record Wednesday at the Amateur Athletics Union national championship meet at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Barnard cleared 9-6.25 feet in the finals, more than a foot higher than second-place finisher Heather Shaffer (8-6) of Leander, Texas.

The previous record holder was Danielle Nowell of Ardmore, Okla., who vaulted 9-6 in 2005.