Girls Track: Meyers ready for more personal records

Junior sprinter/jumper staying prepared for upcoming season

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Teagan Meyers enjoyed a very successful freshman season with the Rochelle Township High School track and field program. Meyers had been looking forward to seeing how much she could progress during her sophomore season, but she and her Lady Hub teammates were among the many student-athletes who lost their spring seasons to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meyers made an immediate impact with Rochelle’s varsity team, competing in the high jump, the triple jump, the sprints and the sprint relays. She eclipsed 5 feet in the high jump to win the 2019 Ogle County Championship, coming within an inch of the state-qualifying standard. Now a junior, Meyers will look to lead the Lady Hubs on the track and in the field this coming year.

“I felt that I connected with my coaches really well during my freshman year,” Meyers said. “I felt that I did well in the high jump, the triple jump and running my 400s. I want to continue to improve in all of my events, but the high jump is one of my priorities… Losing my sophomore season was very discouraging and I think our whole team was disappointed because we were looking to have a really good season. It was really sad when we lost our season.”

Meyers shined as a freshman during the outdoor season, helping the Lady Hubs secure two victories in the 1600-meter relay and two wins in the 800-meter relay including the 2019 Ogle County Championship. Meyers, who competed with the Rochelle Area Track Club in 2018 and 2019, carries a personal-best mark of 29 feet 8 ½ inches in the triple jump as well as personal-record times of 28.80 seconds in the 200-meter dash and 1:05.61 in the 400-meter dash.

While all athletic activities are currently on hold, Meyers was among several Lady Hubs who utilized the track and field team’s fall contact days at RTHS during September and October. Meyers, who first took up track and field at Kings Elementary School in sixth grade, said she’s been running and working out on her own so she can stay prepared for her junior season.

“I’m hoping to set new personal records in all of my events,” Meyers said. “I’m looking forward to competing in the high jump, the triple jump and the 400 relays… What I enjoy most about track and field is how there are so many different options and there’s always an event for everybody. I also enjoy working with my coaches and I enjoy how encouraging they are.”