2012 Olympic Trials 20,000m race walk champion (1:23:00.10 AR)
2012 USA Indoors 3000m walk champion (11:36.27)
2011 USA Outdoors 20 km race walk champion (1:23:26)
Awards and Honors
American 20,000m record holder (1:23:00.10)
Set four records at the 2011 USA Outdoor Championships
2010 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year
Holds six American Junior race walk records
Barron is the fastest junior race walker in U.S. history, holding national records at distances from one mile to 20 kilometers. He is currently taking classes at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He made the 2012 Olympic team as the youngest member of Team USA. He began race walking at age nine, looking to find a way to join his sister Tricia, who was a skilled hurdler and jumper, at the USATF National Junior Olympics. After placing second nationally in his age group in 2002, he won gold medals the next four years, breaking the national youth boys (age 13-14) record in 2006. Two weeks after that record-breaking race, Barron entered the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for brain surgery to curb epileptic seizures that had plagued him since age 8 and had interrupted his promising career as a competitive swimmer. Children’s Hospital neurologist Deborah Holder was able to identify the dysfunctional portion of his brain that was causing the problems, and Barron has been seizure-free since recovering from the surgery. At age 15, he won the U.S. junior men’s trial for the 2008 World Race Walking Cup in Cheboksary, Russia. While he was the youngest entrant in the race, he placed 42nd among 63 competitors. When returning home, he discontinued race walking citing the unfavorable attention often accorded the discipline. In November 2008, he resumed race walk training while becoming a home-school student so that he could train with coach and two-time Olympian Tim Seaman. His renewed dedication quickly paid off as he broke U.S. junior records at distances of 5 and 20 kilometers. After his return to race walking, Barron quickly continued his record-setting pace as he broke the U.S. high-school mark for the one-mile walk with a time of 6:03.48.
2012: 26th at Olympic Games 20 km (1:22:46); Olympic Trials 20,000m race walk champion (1:23:00.10AR); 40th at IAAF World Race Walking Cup (1:24:54); 3rd at IAAF Team Trials (1:22:13PR); First at USA Indoors 3000m (11:36.27).
2011: First at USA Outdoors, 20km (1:23:26); 23rd at World Outdoors, 20km (1:24:33); First at New York Millrose Games, Mile (6:06.25i); Second at Miramar Pan American Junior Championship, 10,000m (41:39.16).
2010: Third at New York Millrose Games, Mile (6:03.48i); First at Surprise USA 50km Race Walk Championship, 20km (1:31:51); Second at Dolores Hidalgo, 10km (45:03); First at Ronkonkoma US Race Walking Championships, 10km (43:05); Ninth at Chihuahua IAAF World Race Walking Cup, 10km (45:17); First at Des Moines USA Junior outdoor 10,000m (42:58.62); Seventh at Moncton IAAF World Junior Championships, 10,000m (41:50.29); Sixth at Campobasso Grand Prix di Marcia, 10km race walk (45:00).
2009: Fourth at New York Millrose Games, Mile (6:14.12i); First at Pharr US Team Trials Race Walk Cup, 10km (44:27); Eighth at San Salvador Pan American Race Walking Cup, 10km (46:35); First at USA Junior Championship, 10,000m (43:36.38); Fourth at Bressanone IAAF World Youth Championships, 10,000m (42:22.79); Fourth at Port-of-Spain Pan-American Junior Championship, 10,000m (42:50.51).
2008: 42nd at Cheboksary IAAF World Junior Race Walking Cup, 10km (46:18).
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Outdoor bests - 20 km race walk, 1:22.13 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests – mile walk, 6:05.25; Outdoor bests – 20km race walk, 1:23:26 (No. 1 in the USA); 10,000m race walk, 41:39.16; (ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2010: Indoor bests – mile walk, 6:03.48; Outdoor bests – 20km race walk, 1:31:51; 10 km race walk, 43:05; (Ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2009: Indoor bests – mile walk, 6:14.12; Outdoor bests – 10km race walk, 44:27
2008: Outdoor bests – 10km race walk, 46:18