BY MELANIE BUCK –
Zach Jewell has proven himself to be a stellar track and field athlete this year. Breaking records at two events, winning state medals, and becoming a champion at the Meet of Champions are just some of the highlights.
As a member of the Bearcat Track and Field team, Jewell specialized in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, and long jump. His numbers are more than impressive. His best time in the 100m is 10.74 seconds, 200m is 22.27 seconds, 55.17 seconds in the 400m, and his best long jump was 23 ft. 1 in.
Since the school track season has ended, Jewell has spent his weekends traveling to various USA Track and Field (USATF) events around the state. This past Saturday, before heading to the All Arkansas Preps Banquet where he and other athletes from around the state were honored, Jewell competed in the district qualifying rounds for the USATF. On Saturday, he won the 100 meter dash and the long jump and will move on to the next round to be held in Joplin, Missouri. If successful in Joplin, he will see his ultimate goal reached – making it the Jr. Olympics in Norfolk, Virginia in August.
Also at Saturday’s meet, two other Mena residents competed. Robbie Holmes, age 44, won the 100 meter dash in the open division with a time of 12.26 and Ronald Tilgner, age 69, competed in the triple jump, long jump, 100 meter dash, and javelin throw.