Barrett signs T & F letter with Washburn

By Steve Sell
November 16, 2017
Tennille McCormick

No matter what Elle Barrett does this year, her spot on the McPherson High Wall of Fame is secure.

Barrett already is scheduled to be inducted in December of 2018, as an honoree has to wait until they’re out of school. She earned her spot on the ring of honor around the Roundhouse as a sophomore when she won both the Class 4A long and triple jumps.

Last year she again won the triple jump and took second in the long jump. With Andover Central's long jump ace Jewell Bolden having graduated, Barrett could very well return to her doubling ways.

So all this year is for Barrett is adding more and more accomplishments to her plaque that will adorn the wall.

Barrett will be coming from Washburn University for her induction ceremony next year as on Wednesday she signed a track and field letter of intent with the Topeka-based school, whose track and field program is in the infant stages.

“It’s a relief,” Barrett said as not only was she being recruited heavily for track and field, but she’s also one of the best volleyball players in the state. “I feel like I have the rest of the year to focus on the next thing, like what I’m working towards on a career and I can focus on track. I’m pretty excited.”

Barrett warmed up for her upcoming track and field season by turning in a spectacular season in volleyball. She was the AVCTL Division III Most Valuable Player and headlined the league’s first team. The capper was being named to the Class 4A Division I first team. She helped the Bullpups to a splendid 35-6 record, including 10-0 in the league as the Bullpups won the championship.

“I kind of decided my sophomore year that I wasn’t going to play volleyball in college,” she said. “I like it a lot, but track is where my heart is.”

Barrett’s goal for this season “is to improve,” and believes if she does that, pulling off a 3-peat in the triple jump and winning a second long jump title will take care of itself.

“I don’t really care where I place at state or anywhere else, I’m just looking for improvement,” she said.

Barrett also has competed in the 4 x 100 relay. “I’ll compete wherever coach (Jace Pavlovich) wants me to,” she said.

Barrett said she wants to get stronger and quicker before she starts her collegiate career. Volleyball has helped her with her quickness and explosiveness.

She’ll be joining a Washburn program that is in just its second year. Barrett said the team has a few familiar faces that she competed against earlier in her career.

“Their coach is super nice,” Barrett said. “They’ve got a pretty good group going and I think they’re going to be pretty good.”

Barrett is going to major in criminal justice.

Here’s a list of Barrett’s accomplishments:

• 9th Grade •

— AVCTL D-III long jump champion

— Member of 4 x 100 relay league champion

— 5th in Class 4A in 4 x 100 relay

— 6th in 4A triple jump

• 10th Grade • 

— AVCTL D-III long jump champion

— AVCTL D-III triple jump runner-up

— State champion in Class 4A long jump

— State champion in Class 4A triple jump

• 11th Grade •

— Volleyball sub-state champs

— AVCTL D-III honorable mention volleyball

— AVCTL D-III long jump champion

— AVCTL D-III triple jump champion

— State champion Class 4A in triple jump

— State runner-up Class 4A in long jump

— 5th in Class 4A state 4 x 100

• 12th Grade •

— AVCTL D-III volleyball MVP

— AVCTL D-III first team

— Class 4A All-State first team

• Clubs •

— Kays

— Fellowship of Christian Athletes

— International Club