Preble Shawnee freshman Elise Walker placed sixth at the state track and field meet Friday, June 6 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Walker jumped at seven heights, finishing with a height of 5-03, one inch short of her personal record of 5-04.
“I didn’t expect to get this far,” Walker said. “I was really excited. I think I did better than I thought I was going to do, so that’s good.”
Walker said she wasn’t expecting to reach 5-04 and said she was just happy to be at state and make it onto the podium.
Many of Walker’s family members came to the meet to cheer her on.
“My aunts and my grandparents and my parents and my sister and some of my friends came, so that was exciting,” Walker said. “That pumped me up.”
Walker’s sister participated in the high jump last year, but didn’t compete this year.
“It was just kind of cool because she was really good and so I just hope to do as well as she did,” Walker said.
Preble Shawnee girls’ track and field coach Stephanie Hurley said Walker did great at the track meet, especially clearing 5-03 on her first try.
Hurley said most of Walker’s competitors were juniors and seniors.
“Being a freshman, she placed sixth, it’s great,” Hurley said. “She did well and we’re all very proud.”
Walker said she hopes to continue jumping next year and said she hopes to work on her form and increase her vertical.
“Her form is great,” Hurley said. “It’s just working on her speed and she knows that, I think. She plays volleyball and she plays basketball and then we’ll work on her speed during track season.”
Hurley also said they will work on her jumping ability, but said because Walker’s a freshman, she’s had a good start.
Hurley said Walker’s family have been a big help in terms of her success.
“They’re here every meet,” Hurley said. “It’s very cool, I think, for her to have that support. It’s very helpful to have that backing of your whole family.”