Wendell Ngonga: Triple Jump State Champ

Wendell Ngonga, a senior at Woodgrove High School, has had an excellent performance on the track this spring season. As a track athlete and winner of the 2023 state championship title in the triple jump, Ngonga has shown clear dedication to this sport. He comments, “I spent a lot of the off season working out not only my body but my mind, by watching Olympic jumpers and studying technique to improve my own.”

Ngonga leaps through the air. Photo provided by Studio Photography.

Ngonga believes his strength comes from his “Mentality. Confidence is key. If you don’t believe you will PR, it won’t happen.”

Ngonga’s success didn’t end at states. On the horizon, he looks forward to the Penn Relays, a three-day event that invites top track athletes from all over the country to compete. The event is to take place April 27th through the 29th. Ngonga explains that he will compete with Olympic athletes at one of the “oldest track and field competitions in the US.” As a senior, Ngonga plans to continue his track career in college, stating, “I am still deciding on where to go. I plan to commit at the end of April.”