The two-day Victor Cruz Invitational in Houston, Texas
AS A FRESHMAN: Turned in impressive freshman campaign, culminating in an appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400m hurdles ... finished 22nd in the 400m hurdles (1:00.27) ... qualified for nationals after taking sixth in the 400m hurdles (57.90) at the NCAA East Preliminary Round ... also ran in the 4x100m relay at the NCAA East Preliminary Round ... turned in a brilliant BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, earning a relay title and three all-BIG EAST scrolls ... finished third in the 400m hurdles (59.90), third in the 4x400m relay (3:37.79) and first in the 4x100m relay (45.17) ... also took fourth in the 100m hurdles (13.62) ... helped 4x400m relay team finish sixth at the Drake Relays (3:40.76) ... had a strong Polytan Invitational, finishing first in the 400m hurdles (58.92), third in the 100m hurdles (14.17), and second in the 4x100 (46.18) and 4x400m relays (3:40.73) ... had two runner-up finishes at the Texas Roadhouse Border Battle, taking second in the 100m hurdles (13.75) and the 4x100m relay (45.54) ... had three top-three finishes at the Stanford Invitational, finishing second in the 400m hurdles (58.84), third in the 4x100 (45.78) and 4x400m relays (3:40.11) ... won the 100m hurdles at the Mike Poehlein Invitational (13.82) ... had three top-three finishes at the Victor Lopez Classic ... took second in the 400m hurdles (59.04), second in the 4x400m relay (3:39.67) and third in the 4x100m relay (45.75) ... also placed fifth in the long jump (5.80m) ... took fourth in the long jump (5.77m) and fifth in the 60m hurdles (8.68) at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... had three top-five performances at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships ... took fourth in the long jump (5.87m) and 60m hurdles (8.50) and fifth in the 4x400m relay (3:41.98) ... won the 60m hurdles at the Meyo Invitational (8.33) and finished third in the 4x400m relay (3:43.97) ... finished second in the 60m hurdles (8.59) and 4x400m relay (3:45.78) at the Notre Dame Invitational ... finished second in the long jump (5.53m) and 4x400m relay (3:51.50) at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open ... opened career with a bang, earning BIG EAST Female Track Athlete of the Week honors after winning the 400m dash (56.83), 60m hurdles (8.51), long jump (5.65m) and the 4x400m relay (3:51.49) at the season-opening Blue & Gold Invitational ... wrapped up summer of 2012 by winning a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain ... earned a monogram.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Kaila Denae Barber graduated from Midpark High School in the spring of 2011 ... four-year letter winner in track and field, volleyball and basketball ... competed in the sprint and hurdle events on the track, was a middle hitter in volleyball and a guard in basketball ... earned conference and sectional championships all four years ... earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior ... became a regional and state champion during final two years and also earned national rankings ... team captain and team MVP during final two seasons ... top times include 40.88, the No. 9 all-time high school 300m hurdles time, 58.4, No. 5 400m hurdles time during the 2011 high school outdoor season and 19-8.25 ft. in the long jump ... finished second at the 2011 New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the 400m hurdles ... named 2010 Ohio Gatorade Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year in Ohio ... basketball team won conference and sectional championships in both junior and senior seasons ... participated in National Honor Society ... born to John Barber III and Annette Moore in Cleveland, Ohio ... has an older brother John Barber IV, and a twin sister, Jade, who is also an incoming track and field freshman at Notre Dame ... brother, John, ran track and field in college ... enrolled in the College of Science and majoring in biological sciences.