Wheaton turning in solid track performances

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Lady Bulldogs, Bulldogs competing at high level this season

The Wheaton track and field program is firing away this season, turning in some big performances so far and hoping to continue on a positive track.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs competed in Diamond on March 29, with lone boys senior Chad Meyer stealing the show, taking first in the javelin, 100-meter and 200-meter events.

The top two competitors so far this year are Monica Hinojosa and Chad Meyer. Hinojosa qualified as the No. 15 thrower from the 2019 State Class 1 Girls Shot Put. Continuing into this year, she took second place in shot put at both the McDonald County and Diamond meets. At the McDonald County meet she threw for 8.96 meters, then surpassed that with a 9.15 meters throw at Diamond.

While unable to throw javelin due to weather conditions at the McDonald County meet, she received fourth place at Diamond with a 21.8 meters throw.

Although Meyer was unable to compete in the 2019 State Class 1 meet due to an injury, he has begun laying the groundwork on this year’s run to state. In this year’s first two meets, he has already earned four first-place medals and one third-place medal.

At the McDonald County meet, he earned his third-place medal in the 100-meter with a 12.11, and a first-place medal in the 200-meter with a 24.26. He was able to improve his times at Diamond by running the 100 with a 11.56, and the 200 with a 23.50, earning him two more first-place medals. He also took first place in javelin with a 41.7 meters throw.

“We have some great seniors to lead our team such as Giovanna Hinojosa, Liliana Ortega, Charlene Chang, and our only male senior Chad Meyer,” said Larry Meyer, Wheaton track and field head coach. “Our underclassmen throwers are also strong this year: Robbie Prewitt, Steven Chavez, Hayden Royer, Jenny Par, Zoey Martell, Austin Cox and an upcoming eighth-grader, Tristin Benedict.

“Our sprinters this year are Fernando Gonzalez, Zanter Dutra, Coy Harper, SaTrinana Krattley, Jenny, Giovanna, David Bik, Michael Hang and Chad Meyer. With the stats that Chad is earning, he is encouraging all of them to improve their personal bests.”

Meyer said Wheaton also has a group of hard-working hurdlers this year.

“Fernando Gonzalez, Zanter Dutra and SaTrinana Krattley are all competing in their first year of high school, and Coy Harper is our returning hurdler,” he said. “Fernando and Zander have been cashing in on points with this event all year, including double bronze medals for Fernando in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles at the Diamond meet. We barely missed qualifying for a medal in the 4x100 relay, but I believe this will be accomplished soon.”

Meyer said an overlooked group is a very big-hearted complement of distance runners led by Zane Johnson and Lori McNeill, who are returning this year.

“All events over the 400-meter are led by my Assistant Coach, Jaci Evans, who is a Cassville alumna,” Meyer said. “She drives Zane, Lori, Cameron Brattin, and Giovanna to run their hardest, ensuring our successful rise in the ranks for the upcoming conference and districts meets happening in the next few weeks.”

Meyer said the team was excited to compete at the Pierce City meet on the Tuesday, and the East Newton meet is next up on Thursday.

“Wheaton Track is going to make some noise and steal some medals in the process,” Meyer said.

Results from the Diamond Meet:

1st Place

Chad Meyer – javelin, 41.7 meters

Chad Meyer – 100-meter, 11.56

Chad Meyer – 200-meter 23.50

2nd Place

Monica Hinojosa – shot put, 9.15 meters

3rd Place

Fernando Gonzalez – 110-meter hurdles, 19.22

Fernando Gonzalez – 300-meter hurdles, 46.90

4th Place

Steven Chavez – shot put, 10.53 meters

Monica Hinojosa – javelin, 21.8 meters

Steven Chavez, Fernando Gonzalez, Zane Johnson, Chad Meyer – 4x100 relay, 50.01

5th Place

Zane Johnson – 800-meter, 2:28.91

6th Place

Zanter Dutra – 110-meter hurdles, 21.32

Hayden Royer – javelin, 30.2 meters

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