Merckle's Personal Bests
Javelin: 50.32m (School Record)
Was the ACC Champion in the javelin with a throw of 49.59m ... First-ever Wake Forest female thrower to win an ACC Championship ... School-record holder with a throw of 50.32m which she set at the Wake Forest Open ... Finished first in all four meets she competed in before a season-ending injury ... Had first-place finishes at the Raleigh Relays and the Auburn Tiger Invitational ... Ended 2013 with the 17th farthest throw in the NCAA and 23rd farthest throw in the entire United States.
Pennsylvania State Champion in javelin in 2012 ... 2012 Track and Field News All-American in javelin ... Ranked fourth nationally at the end of the 2012 season in the javelin with a personal best of 156-8 ... Earned four letters in track and field and four letters in basketball for Fort Cherry High School in McDonald, Pa. ... Two-time All-District honoree and one-time All-State selection ... Three-time WPIAL champion in javelin ... Currently holds Fort Cherry High School individual school records in the javelin (156-8), the shot put (38-10), the long jump (17-2.25), and the triple jump (34-10.5)... Placed second in the javelin at the USATF World Youth Trial in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in June of 2011, and second overall at the Junior Olympic Championships in Kansas during July of 2011 ... Was also a three-time All-District and one-time All-State basketball player for the Rangers.
Full name is Jessie Nicole Merckle ... Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. to parents Sharon and Jack Merckle on 7/13/1994 ... Honor roll student ... Four high school teammates compete in collegiate athletics ... Mother Sharon competed for Wheeling Jesuit in softball.