Standing at 6-foot-7, Monroe’s Cade Meyer primarily focuses on basketball, but gave track and field a go this year and he’s set the bar high. Record setting high.
“It’s one of those things where you hear stories, yeah this kid came out and did it right from the gates,” said Scott Mosher, Monroe’s head track and field coach in his fourth season. “You hope you get athletes like that so it’s definitely a surprise when you get one of them.”
Meyer is in his first season ever competing in track and field, and he found a home as a high jumper.
“I figured I would try high jump because I’m good at jumping and it kind of just worked out for me,” said Meyer.
“You can tell when someone has a natural ability of doing high jump,” said Stephanie Wyss, Monroe’s high jump coach. “You can see their explosive and natural sense to high jump. Not break any record right away so that was amazing when that happened.”
Wyss is referencing what happened in Meyer’s third meet of the season. He set a school record in the high jump of 6-feet 8.5-inches. That height would’ve won him a state title in last year’s state meet in any division.
“I could feel the adrenaline pumping when I was going for 6’8″ and a half. I just got it, and it amazed me,” Meyer said with a smile on his face.”
The boys state record in the high jump is 7-foot-1-inch by Ben Gucinski of Fox Valley Lutheran in 2016 in Division 2.
“I think the next step is to see what else can he do,” said Mosher. “Obviously the high jump is in his future but lets see what else he can do.”