Waterford high jump standout hoping to soar to new heights this spring

Courtesy photo Waterford senior Amy Lang placed eighth in the high jump at the indoor state track meet last weekend in Geneva. Lang earned All-Ohio status in indoor track for the second time. She’s hoping to have similar success during the outdoor season this spring.

Amy Lang

Waterford High

Year: senior

Age: 18

GPA: 3.6

Favorite subject: English

Sport: track and field

Hgt.: 5-foot-5

College: Ohio University

Major: nursing

Family: Damian and Donna Lang (father and mother); sisters’ Kayle and Addy

Question: Congratulations on making indoors All-Ohio in the high jump at Geneva last Saturday. How did that go?

Answer: Well, I didn’t do very good. I only jumped 5 feet. But I placed eighth, and that was what I was hoping for, to make All-Ohio.

Q: You were an indoor All-Ohioan before, weren’t you?

A: When I was a sophomore, I jumped 5-3, and placed fourth — and was All-Ohio.

Q: You hold the school record in the high jump, don’t you?

A: Right, I did 5-6 during a regular meet.

Q: What goals in outside track have you set for yourself in this your senior year?

A: Well, I’d like to go back to state. I was there when I was a sophomore, but last year I only got as far as regional. I jumped 5-2.

And, hopefully, I’d like to high jump 5-7 or 5-8 this spring.

Q: Backing up a little bit, when did you become interested in the high jump?

A: (Laughs) I got started when I was in the junior high — and I didn’t jump very high. Actually, back then, the long jump was my main event. Then, when I got to high school, I high jumped 5 feet as a freshman.

Q: Who was your coach in junior high, or are you self-taught in the high jump?

A: (Laughs) Pretty much, but when I was a sophomore, Rob Sury started coaching me in the high jump. I don’t do the long jump anymore.

Q: What does a high jump practice usually consist of?

A: Well today (Wednesday), I’m working on back bends. Bending your back is very important in high jumping. Of course, it always helps to have speed, too.

Q: Do you compete in any other events?

A: I’m in the 400, 200, and relays.

Q: Besides the high jump, what other event do you enjoy?

A: The 400. When I was a sophomore, I did it in 1:03.

Q: You had a pretty good sophomore year, didn’t you?

A: (Laughs) I did.

Q: How’s the Waterford track and field team going to do this spring?

A: Hopefully, we’re going to be pretty good. We have a lot of freshmen on the team.

Q: Are you planning on high jumping at the next level?

A: I’ve been contacted by a lot of schools, but I’m kind of set on going to Ohio University.

Q: Who has helped impact your sports career at Waterford?

A: My parents have always been there for me.

Q: What do you do off the track? Any hobbies?

A: (Laughs) I just go out running to stay in shape.

Ron Johnston, rjohnston@mariettatimes.com

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