Waterford high jump standout hoping to soar to new heights this spring
Favorite subject: English
Sport: track and field
College: Ohio University
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, firstname.lastname@example.org