Quentin David Wheeler (born April 27, 1955, in Long Branch, New Jersey) is an American track and field athlete. He had the misfortune to be one of the best 400 meter hurdlers in the world at the same time as Edwin Moses was invincible in the event. Wheeler ran in the 1976 Olympics, finishing fourth behind Moses at his debut on the international scene.[1] Only Yevgeny Gavrilenko kept the United States from sweeping the event that year.

Less than two months before the Olympics, it was Wheeler running for San Diego State University who was the NCAA Champion. Wheeler set his personal record of 48.39 at the 1979 Mt. SAC Relays.

Raised in Tinton Falls, New Jersey,[2] Wheeler graduated in 1974 from Monmouth Regional High School,[3] where he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1993.[4]

References

  1. ^ Quentin Wheeler at Sports Reference
  2. ^ Falk, Jonnie. "Wheeler family never doubted Quentin's chances for Olympics", The Daily Register, June 23, 1976. Accessed January 25, 2022, via Newspapers.com. "Quentin Wheeler of Tinton Falls, a great track star at Monmouth Regional, will be in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles for the U.S.A. in the Montreal Olympics."
  3. ^ "18 great Jersey Shore athletes who were Olympians; plus 4 more going to the Tokyo Games", CitiNews, July 20, 2021. Accessed January 25, 2022. "Quentin Wheeler (track) Wheeler, a Monmouth Regional 1974 grad, set a state record of 52.8 in the boys 400 hurdles that lasted four years, but his biggest accomplishments came later."
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame - Monmouth Regional Hall of Fame".