Barry Williamson excelled in football, wrestling, and track in high school at Grissom in the mid-1990s, but he's remembered most for his achievements in track. As a senior, he was All-City in the pole vault, 110 high hurdles and 300 hurdles, placed second in the 330 hurdles, and won the 4 x 100 with his team. In the City Meet, he won the Jimmy Bailey High Point Score award, and in the Alabama State decathlon, he placed fifth and set the pole vault record for the state. Awarded a scholarship by UAB, he lettered in track as a freshman and was the only Blazer men's athlete to compete in the Penn Relays. Barry, son of former Grissom track coach Adam Williamson, then transferred to Auburn University and became a four-year track letterman. He's still considered one of the Tigers' best all-time indoor and outdoor vaulters.