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.
Waddell has played a prominent role in the advancement of women’s athletics as an athlete, coach and administrator. A 1978 inductee into the Illinois State University Athletics Hall of Fame, Waddell earned 16 varsity letters at ISU, playing basketball, field hockey, softball and volleyball for the Redbirds. After graduation, Waddell continued to compete by playing women’s major fast pitch softball for the Pekin Lettes from 1958-63. She also was a member of the Central Illinois Field Hockey Association and the Midwest Field Hockey Team, earning selection to the second EAM All-National Tournament. She also continued her basketball career as a starter for the Peoria/Pekin Independent AAU Basketball Team that won several Illinois AAU state tournaments and competed in national AAU events. Waddell served as site director for the IHSA state softball tournament in Pekin for 25 years and she was the originator and co-director of the Pekin Lassie League softball program, which is credited with providing youth sports opportunities for girls before high school programs gained varsity status in the 1970s.