Kaley Rammelsberg won a district title in the high jump, highlighting what was a productive stretch for members of the Big Walnut track and field teams last week in Hilliard.
Rammelsberg cleared 5-06 to take top honors at the Division I District 1 championship, which wrapped up Saturday at Hilliard Darby. The Golden Eagles’ Ellie Jindra finished second in the event, clearing 5-04 to ensure BW will be well represented in the event at this week’s regional showcase.
Big Walnut’s girls finished eighth with 42 points, getting solid showings from Sara Althauser, who finished third in the 300 hurdles (47.27 seconds); Anna Vrancken, who finished third in the discus (113-0); and Rammelsberg, who finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.74 seconds).
“We had about as good of a district meet as we could hope for,” BW coach Joe Evener said. “I was shooting for top 8 as a team, and I thought qualifying in 5 events was very doable. The biggest excitement had to have come from the high jump. Kaley and Ellie put on a clinic. They went went first and second in a very deep high jump competition — beat two 2015 state qualifiers, knocking one of them out of the tournament — and they both have room to improve. Coach Mike Ryder really has them dialed in at the right time.”
The boys, competing in District 4 at Westerville South, finished fifth thanks to a handful of regional qualifiers. They were boosted by Abe Myers, who finished second in the discus (157-08); Brandon Mosher, who was fourth in the shot put (53-10.50); Zach MacDonald, who finished fourth in the 400 (51.58 seconds); and Noah McKinney, who closed fourth in the pole vault (12-06).
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