At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, Hilliard Davidson High School junior Jordan Weatherby doesn't look anything like a sprinter.

At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, Hilliard Davidson High School junior Jordan Weatherby doesn't look anything like a sprinter.

He gets a thrill every time he holds his own while competing in the 100 and 200 meters as an individual or as part of the Wildcats' 400 and 800 relays.

"It's fun because every week there are people who think I'm going to be slow because of my size, and then after we run they come up and tell me that they're shocked by how fast I am," Weatherby said. "I may be a foot taller and 100 pounds heavier than most of the guys I run against, but I'm faster or just as fast as a lot of them."

During Davidson's 120-16 victory over Worthington Kilbourne on April 12, Weatherby set personal records in both the 100 (11.7 seconds) and 200 (24.0).

Four days later, Weatherby anchored Davidson's 400 relay to an eighth-place finish (45.07) in the 16-team Dublin Coffman Track and Field Classic.

"Jordan is the biggest sprinter I've ever coached and he does a good job with it," Davidson boys coach Jim Smith said. "We're loaded with sprinters this year, but any other year he'd be our third sprinter. You don't want to get in his way when he's running. He almost ran into an official at an indoor meet, and if that official wouldn't have moved out of the way Jordan would have broken him in half."

Weatherby began sprinting and throwing the shot as a seventh-grader, but he quit the shot put as a freshman to focus on sprinting. He is back to competing in the shot put this season.

Last year in the OCC-Central Division meet, Weatherby ran the third leg of Davidson's 400 relay, which placed second (44.62) behind Thomas Worthington (43.41) to help the Wildcats score 136 points and edge Coffman (133) for their first league title since 2005.

Smith said the weightlifting Weatherby does for football nullifies the effect of the extra weight he carries. Weatherby can bench press 315 pounds and squat 400 pounds.

"Jordan carries his weight very well; he's just a big, powerful guy," Smith said. "He works out hard enough for football that he's the closest thing to being a trim 260- or 265-pound athlete as possible.

Weatherby resumed throwing the shot to help his team.

"I realized the shot put was a place where our team needed some help," Weatherby said. "My goal is to place in the top three in the shot put at our league meet to help my team win another OCC championship."

After winning the shot put with a distance of 40 feet, 7 1/2 inches against Kilbourne, Weatherby placed ninth in the Coffman Classic with a personal-record 43-7 1/4.

"Jordan is still learning to do the shot put, but he keeps getting better each week," Smith said. "He's still using his muscle up top, but once he learns to use his legs he's going to go over 50 feet because he's got the strength and speed to throw that far."

One perk of throwing the shot paid dividends for Weatherby in the Freedom Relays at Olentangy Liberty on April 21 when each team's shot put and discus throwers were invited to compete in a pizza box relay for fun. Weatherby had a 5-meter lead when he was handed the pizza box as the anchor leg, and he ended up beating the rest of the field by 30 or more meters.

As a reward, Davidson's relay received a free pizza.

"When Jordan was running against other guys his size, it looked like he was shot out of a cannon toward the finish line," Smith said.

Weatherby also takes his studies seriously - he has a 3.7 GPA - and his combination of speed and intelligence helped him become the only non-senior to earn a starting position on the offensive line for Davidson's football team last fall. With Weatherby at right tackle, the Wildcats went 13-1 and won OCC-Central and Division I, Region 3 titles.

Weatherby's ability to flatten defensive players earned him the nickname "Mr. Pancake" and gained the attention of several Division I college football recruiters.

"The strength I have from football helps me in track, and the speed I have from track helps me in football," Weatherby said. "My speed helps me get to the next level to block linebackers."

Although Weatherby already has received calls and letters from several college coaches, he is most interested in schools that have strong academic reputations such as Harvard and Brown.

After following in the footsteps of his father, Scott, and older brother, Dustin, by playing high school football, Weatherby is planning to follow his mother Lynn's career path by working in the medical field.

Lynn Weatherby is a disease coordinator in gastrointestinal oncology at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital.

"My father taught me everything I knew about football when I was younger, and my mother has influenced me academically," Weatherby said. "I want to major in biology so I can go to medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon and work in sports medicine."