It’s an old bromide, but true, that records are made to be broken, and it’s nice to break a long-standing record. What’s even nicer is to be young enough and dedicated enough to a sport to be in line to raise the bar even higher by breaking your own new record.
That’s what Big Walnut High School sophomore Kali Rammelsburg did when she broke a 34-year-old indoor high jump school record.
Rammelsburg was competing at The Heminger Center on the Tiffin University campus on Sunday, December 4, when she jumped 5 feet 4 and 1/4 inches, breaking the Big Walnut High School indoor high jump record of 5 feet 4 inches set by Jeanna Slone in 1982.
Big Walnut Jumps Coach Mike Ryder said it was Rammelsburg’s first indoor meet high jump of the season and his jumpers were still in their conditioning and technical training phases.
“I’m amazed that Kali was able to break this record so soon,” Ryder said. “This was her first competitive series of jumps since June and for her to jump 5 feet 4 and 1/4 inches that day is incredible. She also took two attempts at 5-feet, 6-inches; just clipping the bar both times with her ankles, so I think the writing is already on the wall that Kali will be a threat for a state podium.”
Ryder said that Rammelsburg also jumped 34-feet, 1-inch in the triple jump during the same indoor meet.
“Both performances will automatically qualify her for the 2017 OATCCC Ohio State Indoor Track and Field Championships held at Akron University’s Stiles Center on March 4,” Ryder said. “She deserves it. Kali has already become one of the hardest workers I’ve coached in 25 years.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.