Inductees When Jack Heintzman competed in the 1944 Illinois state high school track meet he was 2nd in the high jump and 3rd in the broad jump. But that was only the beginning of a truly remarkable career for the Peoria Central High School and Bradley University highjump standout.
From 1947 through 1951 Heintzman took part in just about every major indoor and outdoor track meet in the nation and won an amazing 26 high jump titles.
His titles read like the Who's Who of track and field: the National AAU indoor and outdoor (five titles), the Michigan State Relays, the Texas Relays, the Purdue Relays (twice), the Washington, D.C. Evening Star Games, the Missouri Valley Conference (twice), the Milrose Games in New York, the Boston Games, the Boston Knights of Columbus Games (twice), the Southeastern Relays, the Chicago Daily News Relays (twice), and the Philadelphia Inquirer Games.
In 1949 he was chosen to an All-American track team that competed against a five-nation Scandinavian team, competed in the Little Olympics in Oslo, Norway and in the same year was named to the NCAA honor roll.
In 1950 he was part of a U.S. team that toured Europe and Africa. He competed in Portugal, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, England, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, South Africa, Southern and Northern Rhodesia and the Congo.
His highest jump was 6-8 1/4 in an exhibition in Portugal. He set the Bradley high jump record three times, the last 6-7 1/4.
When Jack Heintzman competed in the 1944 Illinois state high school track meet he was 2nd in the high jump and 3rd in the broad jump. But that was only the beginning of a truly remarkable career for the Peoria Central High School and Bradley University highjump standout.
|1996-97 Manual Boy's Basketball Team|
Manual completed its amazing and unprecedented four-year run of IHSA Class AA Basketball Tournament Championships at Peoria’s Carver Arena. After defeating Thornton of Harvey in the two previous championship tilts, the Rams downed the previously undefeated Wildcats 65-62, in an epic semifinal matchup. Manual then defeated West Aurora, 47-43 for the title. They finished the season as the number one ranked team in the nation by the USA Today. The Rams posted a 31-1 record, losing only to Chicago Carver when All-State and McDonald’s All-America selection, Marcus Griffin was sidelined with an injury. The Rams completed the “Four-Peat” era with a combined record of 121-11 and a perfect 32-0 record in Class AA State Tournament competition. Sergio McClain, a starter for all four of the championship teams, was selected Mr. Basketball by coaches and media throughout the state.