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Olympian Aries Merritt returns to Wheeler this week

Aries Merritt, Wheeler’s Coach Greg Mitchell, and Kevin Young (left to right)

Aries Merritt, Wheeler’s Coach Greg Mitchell, and Kevin Young (left to right)

Aries Merritt, Olympic gold medal winner and 110-meter hurdles world record holder, returned to Wheeler High School Friday to inspire students to focus on their studies and set high goals for themselves. A graduate of the class of 2003, Merritt’s hurdling career started at Wheeler when he jumped over a fence by the track.

Students also heard from Kevin Young, an Olympic gold medalist and world record holder of the 400 m hurdles.  Young competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics and broke the world record in 1993.

Merritt’s visit was a great honor for Wheeler students who greeted him enthusiastically with Wildcat pride.

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