Most folks agree that athletic records are made to be broken, but sometimes a record is so strong that it appears unbreakable.
That was the case with the Big Walnut Middle School one-mile run record of 5 minutes, 30.3 seconds set by Jamie Horath back in 1993 when she was Jamie Osborne.
That record stood until April 20 when Big Walnut Middle School distance runner Colbi Borland, an eighth-grader, ran a 5:29.6 in a home track meet against Liberty, setting a new school record.
Then, during last Saturday’s 16-team Big Walnut Invitational at Big Walnut High School, she ran a 5:28.0, breaking her own three-day-old school record.
What Colbi didn’t know on Saturday was Horath, who still lives in the district and works at Anthony Dental Care, was at the race to see the young lady run who broke her 23-year record.
Horath said she still holds the 4 by 8 school record and a few mixed medley records. She went to the state track meet in the 4 by 8 and 800, graduated from Big Walnut High School in 1997, played soccer and ran track in college, and still runs and plays coed soccer.
“It’s sad, and it makes me feel old,” Horath said. “But the record held for 23 years and I think that’s good. No one has even come close to our 4 by 8 yet.”
Colbi, who typically runs three miles each day, said it felt good to meet the holder of the record she broke last week.
“I hope to go after her 800 record,” Colbi added.
It was also a big day for Big Walnut Middle School track and field team. Of the 16 teams at the invitational, Big Walnut’s girls placed fourth behind winner Olentangy Berkshire, Worthington Cardinals and Olentangy Hyatts. The boys placed third behind the Worthington Cardinals and Olentangy Berkshire.
Big Walnut Middle School first places were won by Mark Ruffing with a 115-foot discus throw, Dylan Lowe with a 5-foot-2 high jump, and Gretchen Houser won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.96 seconds.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093