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Michael Barbas
Position: Throws
Year: Senior
City/State: Houston, Texas
High School: Jersey Village
Michael Barbas bio
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Updated: 10/04/2012

Honors: NCAA All-America Honorable Mention (2012)...NCAA Outdoor Championship Qualifier...Outdoor All-ACC (2011, 2012) ... Indoor All-ACC Academic Team (2011) ... Outdoor All-ACC Academic Team (2011) ... Duke Indoor Track Freshman of the Year (2009).

2011-12: Indoors, set a new school record for the Blue Devils with a personal best mark of 58-8.75 (17.90) at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier...narrowly missed All-ACC honors with a fourth place finish at the ACC Championship in Boston, Mass.,...Outdoors, set a new school record in the men's shot put with a mark of 60-8(18.49) to finish tenth at the NCAA First Round and advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships where he finished 24th in the field...earned a silver medal at the ACC Outdoor Championships in the shot put...also competed in the discus where he earned a personal best mark of 161-5 (49.20) at the Duke Invitational which placed him third on Duke's all-time list. 

2010-11: Set an indoor school record in the shot put with a throw of 57-11.5 to take first at the Virginia Tech Challenge ... threw 56-1.75 at the ACC Championships to finish in fourth place ... placed sixth at the Armory Collegiate with a 57-2 showing ... earned All-ACC honors during the outdoor season, recording Duke's best throw of the season at 58-7.25 to claim third place ... his throw at the ACC Championships also ranks second on the Duke all-time list ... recorded a first-place finish at the Duke Invitational with a 58-3.25 effort ... qualified for the NCAA First Round in Bloomington, Ind., notching a throw of 57-4.25 in the preliminaries ... also competed in the discus during the outdoor season, placing fifth at the Duke Invitational with a season-best throw of 159-8.

2009-10: Duke's top thrower in the shot put as a sophomore ... during the indoor season, registered his best throw of the year at the Armory Collegiate, claiming seventh place with a 54-1 ¾ effort ... finished fourth at the Virginia Tech Classic with a 52-8.75 showing ... at the ACC Championships, recorded a throw of 52-4¾ to finish in tenth place ... outdoors, earned two second-place finishes with marks of 56-9.5 at the Duke Twilight and 55-11.75 at the NC A&T Invitational ... his throw at the Twilight also ranks as the No. 3 performance on the Duke all-time list ... came in seventh at the ACC Championships with a throw of 55-6¼ ... ended the outdoor season with a 29th-place, 55-10½ showing at the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round in Greensboro ... competed in the discus as well, recording a personal-best mark of 154-0 at the Duke Invitational.

2008-09: Earned Freshman of the Year honors at the Duke awards banquet for the indoor season ... threw 55-9 at ACC Indoor Championships, finishing sixth and recording the third-best individual mark in Duke history ... placed second at the Tar Heel Invitational, his highest finish of the season, with a throw of 52-11 ... came in third at the Carolina Invitational with a throw of 53-9 ¼ ... during the outdoor season, finished second at the UNC Invitational with a throw of 53-3 ½ ... placed seventh at the ACC Championships, registering 54-7 ½ for Duke's top mark of the season ... in addition, competed in the discus during the outdoor season, finishing 11th at the ACC Championships with a season-best throw of 151-1 ... his top discus finish in 2009 came at the Duke Twilight, where his throw of 149-3 was good for fourth place.

Prior to Duke: Threw a personal-best 66-3 in the shot put to win the Nike National Indoor Championship after improving his personal best three times over the course of the meet ... threw the heavier six-kilogram shot out against college freshmen at the USATF Junior Nationals, placing seventh ... in the discus, threw 177-1 to win a district title while also recording a personal-best 185-0 in the event.

Personal: Majoring in neuroscience.

Indoor PRs
Shot Put- 58-8.75 (17.90) (3/3/2012)
Weight Throw- 47-5.25 (1/22/2010)

Outdoor PRs
Shot Put- 60-8(18.49) (5/25/2012)
Discus- 161-5 (49.20) (4/7/2012)

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