For Girard senior Barbara Wellner, her track career got off to an ominous start.

For Girard senior Barbara Wellner, her track career got off to an ominous start.
During her first inter-squad meet, Wellner throw the javelin just over 60 feet.
She went from that to finishing fifth in the javelin at the Class 4A state track meet last year and signing a national letter of intent to throw for Johnson County Community College on Friday.
Going from 60 feet during the inter-squad to just over 134 feet at the state meet and having the 44th best throw in the nation last season prompted Wellner to consider track above other sports she was involved in for college.
And, Johnson County was a perfect fit.
“It is a two-year school and the competition will be very good,” Wellner said.
Because, after Johnson County, Wellner hopes to be throwing on a much larger stage.
“If you can get up there [in distance] it helps because I would like to go to the Olympics and wear the red, white and blue for my country,” Wellner said.
Lofty goals for someone who threw just 60’ on her first semi-competitive throw.
Girard head track and field coach Matt Logue said that Wellner has always shown promise on the field.
“She showed up last year and she had a lot of talent,” Logue said.
It even drew some interest from four-year universities. Wellner said that she had contemplated Pittsburg State, Emporia State and, even talked to Kansas State about track and field opportunities.
But, in the end, Johnson County was the best fit.
“I want to go to a two-year because, if I decide not to do track, I can keep pursing my career,” Wellner said.
She said that she plans on majoring in either fire science or elementary education.
Now Wellner said that her goals are clear for this track season, and that includes besting the school record that she is just 7 inches shy from.
“I want to beat the school record,” Wellner said. “I also want to be in the top 15 in the nation by the end of the season.”

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