MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS -- Many track and field Olympians competiting in London began their international careers at the Junior World Championships.
The meet spotlights the top young track athletes from around the world. At this year's meet in Barcelona, that included Middleburg Heights native and current University of Notre Dame sophomore Kaila Barber. She qualified to represent the United States in the 400-meter hurdles.
"Competing for the U.S. was an honor," she says.
After falling over a hurdle in her opening race, Barber rallied to qualify for the finals. She ended up finishing third in the world in her age group.
"It might have been the greatest feeling in the world just because how many times can you represent the U.S.," she says.
For Barber, this could be just the beginning for her career on Team USA.
"The Olympics are a goal of mine," she says. "I might not make it in four years, but hopefully in eight years I can go. I know that's going to take a lot of hard work, I have a lot of time to drop, but I feel like I have potential to go there, it's a far off goal, but hopefully I'll hit my littler goals first and that will just build into the big goal."