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Melisa Weis-Barron


Inducted 2022

A 1990 Bakersfield High School graduate who was an outstanding track and field athlete at the high school, college and international levels.

She was the first athlete in California state meet history to win three consecutive discus titles. On May 17, 1990, Weis-Barron set a national high school record in the discus with a mark of 176 feet, 10 inches. She was also the state meet champion in the shot that year. As a junior in 1989, Weis-Barron became only the second athlete to win the state titles in the discus and shot in the same meet. She was a three-time Bakersfield Californian All-Area Track and Field Athlete of the Year and a two-time All-Area pick in volleyball.

At the U.S. Junior Track and Field Championships in 1990, she placed first in the discus and third in the shot and was named Gatorade National Athlete of the Year. Weis-Barron earned a spot on the U.S. World Junior Team and placed ninth in the world junior championships in the discus in Bulgaria.

After high school, Weis-Barron was a nine-time All-American at UCLA and the University of Colorado. In the 1991 Pac-10 Outdoor Championships, she placed second in the discus and had UCLA’s top mark in the women’s javelin.

In her first meet after transferring to Colorado, Weis-Barron set a Colorado school record in the shot (53-3/4). She later set a Big Eight Conference indoor record in the shot.

Weis-Barron competed in the 1995 USA Mobil Indoor Track and Field Championships. She was on the 1995 USA Track and Field team and was an alternate on the 1996 U.S. Olympic team.