EDN ALL-AREA BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Newton finishes with six on the second installment of the EDN All-Area Boys track and field team | local sports

Below is the second installment of the All-Area Boys Effingham Daily News 2022 Athletics Team.

These athletes join Jadon Robertson and Daniel Lucas of Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on the team.

Effingham Daily News sports editor Alex Wallner asked each athlete a series of questions. Here’s how they responded to them.


EVAN SCHAFERNewton

Schafer competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and 800 meters and ran one leg in the 4×100 meters relay and the state championship winning 4×400 meters relay team. He finished with 23 wins and 42 top sixes.

1) What is your greatest achievement as a track and field athlete? “My progression from year 1 to my senior year, but as a team we lost very few competitions this year, and winning the 4×4 at the state competition was the icing on the cake.”

2) What was the funniest moment of the season? “Making fun of Jacob Wickham. We all like to do that.”

3) The teammate who is most likely to make you laugh is? “Evan Balzell.”

4) If you had to invite three celebrities to dinner, who would they be? “LeBron James. Elon Musk. Leonardo DiCaprio.”

NICK ZWILLINGNewton

Zwilling competed in the 200 meter sprint, 400 meter sprint, 1600 meter race and 3200 meter race and ran one stage in the 4×800 meter relay. He finished with eight wins and 22 top-six finishes. Signed in Kaskaskia.

1) What is your greatest achievement as a track and field athlete? “My biggest achievement is having a good relationship with the team, going to the sections and winning them. I think as a team we went there and did that. It’s been a big success for me.”

2) What was the funniest moment of the season? “At one of our competitions, the 4×4 had just finished and they were cooling off. We went to leave and almost left them; they had to chase us away.”

3) The teammate who is most likely to make you laugh is? “Owen Mahaffey.”

4) If you had to invite three celebrities to dinner, who would they be? “Usain Bolt. LeBron James. Michael Jackson.”

JACOB WICKHAMNewton

Wickham competed in the shot put and discus throw. He finished with 11 wins and 24 top sixes.

1) What is your greatest achievement as a track and field athlete? “Trying to get the maximum distance out of my throws and hitting certain distances.

2) What was the funniest moment of the season? “Having to take care of Evan [Schafer] and Parker [Wolf] the whole track season.”

3) The teammate who is most likely to make you laugh is? “Evan Schaefer.”

4) If you had to invite three celebrities to dinner, who would they be? “Ryan Crouser. Michael Jordan. Shaquille O’Neal.”

PARKER WOLF (Newton)

Wolf competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and high jump and ran one leg in the 4×100 meters relay and the state championship-winning 4×400 meters relay team. He finished with 13 wins and 29 top sixes.

1) What is your greatest achievement as a track and field athlete? “Winning state in 4×4 this year.”

2) What was the funniest moment of the season? “Watching Drew Earnest run the 400 at a meet.”

3) The teammate who is most likely to make you laugh is? “Drew Earnest.”

4) If you had to invite three celebrities to dinner, who would they be? “The Rock. Kevin Hart. Will Ferrell.”

OWEN MAHAFFEY (Newton)

Mahaffey competed in the 100 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 800 meter run and 1600 meter run and ran one leg in the 4×100 meter relay, 4×400 meter relay team state championship winner and the 4×800-counter relay team.

1) What is your greatest achievement as a track and field athlete? “One of my biggest accomplishments would be to go under two to 800 in our 4×8.”

2) What was the funniest moment of the season? “Everything with Jacob Wickham, honestly. We usually give him a hard time, and he knows how to take it. Him and Drew Earnest make the team fun.”

3) The teammate who is most likely to make you laugh is? “Luke Weber.”

4) If you had to invite three celebrities to dinner, who would they be? “Ryan Reynolds. Livvy Dunne. Katie Sigmond.”

Ben Meinhart (Newton)

Meinhart competed in the 100 meters and 200 meters, and ran one leg in the 4×100 meters relay, the state championship-winning 4×400 meters relay team, and the 4×400 meters relay team.

1) What is your greatest achievement as a track and field athlete? “Winning state in the 4×4.”

2) What was the funniest moment of the season? “I have fun with Jacob Wickham.”

3) The teammate who is most likely to make you laugh is? “Jacob Wickham.”

4) If you had to invite up to three celebrities to dinner, who would they be? “Kevin James. Mike Trout.”

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