Senior Kaley Rammelsberg of the Big Walnut High School girls track and field team ended her prep career as a three-time state qualifier and a school record-holder, but according to coach Joe Evener, she wanted more.
Rammelsberg cleared 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump in the Division I state meet held May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State to tie Painesville Riverside’s Sydney Logar for seventh place behind champion Emilia Lesniak of Strongsville (5-9).
Rammelsberg had finished 11th (5-2) at state last season and 12th (5-2) in 2017.
“That’s the first time she reached the (state) podium,” Evener said. “Even though it was her highest place in the state (meet), she wanted to do more. She’s jumped higher. If she would’ve jumped (5-5), she would’ve placed fifth or higher.”
Rammelsberg, who has committed to compete at High Point University in North Carolina, set the school record in the high jump (5-7 3/4) last season.
This year, she won her first regional title, clearing 5-6 at the regional meet held May 22 and 24 at Pickerington North. She also finished first (5-5) in the district 3 meet that concluded May 18 at Hilliard Darby and won the OCC-Capital Division title (5-1) as the Golden Eagles won their third consecutive league championship May 11.
Rammelsberg, a two-time district and league champion who was Big Walnut’s only state qualifier this season, was one of six seniors on the girls team. The others were Alle English (sprints), Adelee Gartner (sprints), Hannah Moroz (distance), Faith Myers (throws) and Hannah Unger (sprints).
Among the expected returnees is junior distance runner Colbi Borland, who placed sixth in the 3,200 meters at regional in a school-record 11 minutes, 12.98 seconds.
Borland also won district (11:32.25) and league (11:47.2) titles in the 3,200 and a league title in the 1,600 (5:18.92).
Other expected returnees include juniors Alina Pecci, Hanna Pinkston and Grace Salloum, sophomores Mackenna Ames, Annika Anderson, Anna Leichtnam, Lindsey Luchsinger, Sierra Sanders and Grace Unger and freshmen Grace Grunewald and Cindy Serna.
Salloum (discus, 99-4) and Serna (300 hurdles, 48.11) won league titles.
The boys team is losing 17 seniors, including Drew Armstrong (distance), Dawson Brehm (hurdles), Dante Chhuom (sprints), Blake Conner (hurdles), Josh Halbakken (sprints, pole vault), Caleb Ramey (long jump, sprints), Nick Spangenberg (pole vault) and Mitchell Truax (pole vault).
Junior Jackson Podraza was the Golden Eagles’ lone regional qualifier. He finished fifth in the high jump (6-4) at regional after placing third (6-3) in the district 2 meet that concluded May 18 at Darby.
Jackson also won the league title in the high jump (6-3).
Other expected returnees include juniors Mitchell Embaugh, Grady Hemingway and Jacob Ronk, sophomores John Embaugh, Cole Matos, Jayden McConnell, Jacob Ross, Mark Ruffing, Austin Stewart, Jake Summers, Owen Wilhelm and Jack Wood and freshmen Aidan Hernandez, Christopher Lee, Ryan Tripp and Shane White.