When Dwight Barbiasz attempted the New Hampshire state-record high jump, the entire track meet halted to watch.
Normally, with more eyes comes added pressure. For Barbiasz, it was extra motivation.
He nailed it.
"He told me he wasn't nervous," said Chris Barbiasz, Dwight's father. "He said it helped him jump higher."
The younger Barbiasz isn't one to shrink from a challenge. Coming out of Milford (N.H.) High School, he had plenty of high-profile suitors for his leaping services.
He instead chose a test — and family history — over the glamour of a powerhouse track school. He chose Maryland, a relatively dormant track program at the...