High School Pole Vaulter Evan Barr Says Curse Word, Costs Team State Title

Loyola High pole vaulter Evan Barr only needed to clear his final height in order to win an individual state title at the California state track and field meet on Saturday.  All the Los Angeles product needed to do to ensure that his team won a state title was to remain quiet after he failed to clear that final height.  Unfortunately, emotions got the best of him, and Barr made a mistake that ended up costing his team a state title.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Barr shouted a curse word after he missed his final jump and was disqualified because of it.  Had he not used a “profanity,” Barr would have finished in a tie for third place and given his team enough to win the state boys’ championship.

“He uttered a profanity out of frustration, and the officials thought it was significant to disqualify him,” Coach Mike Porterfield said. “He apologized immediately after he said it.”

Hal Harkness, the state rules interpreter, added that contestants “can’t be profane in a competitive area” and called Barr’s reaction “an unfortunate lapse in judgment.”

Apparently that would be an understatement.  This is one of those instances where the most simple approach to take would be the “rules are rules” approach.  The circumstances are obviously different from collegiate or professional athletics given that it happened at a high school event, but this still seems a bit harsh.  Barr wasn’t cursing at an official or an opponent.  He was simply frustrated that he screwed up.  On the other hand, you can’t make exceptions to the rules based on circumstances — especially when dealing with high schoolers.  One things for sure: Evan Barr will probably behave like he’s in church during athletic competition from here on in, and we’re left wondering what’s a bigger injustice, that or this.

Chest bump to Prep Rally for the story.

Around The Web

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63LJADCMAJ6IBG7M4DSEDN324A Ken Wunderlin

    What a joke!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NYX3DGVUM5SRLLL3BJASGHD7VA Mike

    The fact of the matter is that the Yahoo Sports Writer who broke this “story” wasn’t even at the California State Meet to witness the Loyola vaulter’s behavior . . . If he had been there, he would have witnessed an expletive filled tirade that was loud enough to hear up in the stands, not too mention Barr picking up his pole with both hands raised above his head and slamming his pole into the turf.  This type of behavior is an automatic DQ.  Not even close to being border-line unsportsmanlike.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Yahoo! didn’t break this story, everyone got it from the LA Times who described it that way. We’re going based on that report.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rousefred Me NotYou

     I don’t remeber it happening that way at all. Maybe you should think before posting lies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1014881399 Jim Strathmeyer

    “On the other hand, you can’t make exceptions to the rules based on circumstances — especially when dealing with high schoolers. ”
    Lolwhut? What if I don’t abuse children?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1014881399 Jim Strathmeyer

    Hint: one lie was enough

  • David Kopp

    …why can’t you make exceptions to the rules based on circumstances? Is the entire world black and white?

  • Michael McTague

    So ironic that Amerika is fighting three unjustified wars, yet still has the “morality” to disqualify a kid for swearing. Almost makes me want to swear.

  • Anonymous

    I just read this and had to comment on the example of yet another stupid high school rule!

    The irony is that kids watch movies in class all the time that permit the use of profanity and sexual innuendos.  Yet, if they use any of the language that is so abundant in these movies, they are going to get in trouble?  That makes a lot of sense.  It would have been best to simply give this kid a warning.  Hey, but the decision helped Long Beach Poly win the team title – we know none of their kids use bad language! 

  • Anonymous

    IN sports, YES

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tannen-Wamsley/1102284532 Tannen Wamsley

    OH GAWD HE UTTERED A BAD WORD, Disqualification is the only way.