BY MELANIE BUCK –
The most decorated Bearcat in school history, Mena graduate, Zach Jewell, continues to be honored for his record-breaking career in high school track and field. Today [May 25, 2016], Jewell, in his typical winning fashion, was named the Arkansas Activities Association Wendy’s Player of the Year in the Track Division for the 2015-2016 school year.
Jewell was the state’s sprint champion winning both the 100 and 200-meter dashes on the state level, and duplicating the feat at the Meet of Champions. Jewell powered Mena to a fifth place finished at the Class 4A state meet. He won the 100 in 10.84, the 200 in 21.78 and the long jump with a leap of 23.04.25. He won all three events at the Meet of Champions with times of 10.70 in the 100, 21.37 in the 200 and a jump of 22-10.75 in the long jump.
A total of 22 athletes, representing 23 sports, have been selected from the sports of golf, tennis, volleyball, cross country, dance, cheer, football, swimming, wrestling, bowling, basketball, softball, baseball, soccer and track. Each winner will receive a certificate and a medallion from Wendy’s. The awards will be presented at Wendy’s Day of Champions luncheon at the Holiday Inn Presidential Hotel in downtown Little Rock on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
Jewell is also set to be honored at the Arkansas Hall of Fame Banquet on June 3, 2016 in Little Rock. He was also recently named the All-Arkansas Preps Boys Outstanding Player of the Year for which he will be honored at a banquet on June 18, 2016.
Even though his high school career is over, Jewell continues to bring home the gold and will attend the University of Central Arkansas in the fall with the same intent in mind – to keep winning.