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Wittmayer sets state record

By Staff | May 30, 2014

Tim Chapman/PCT Rolette-Wolford sophomore Lexy Wittmayer embraces coach Emily Tumey after winning a state title in high jump.

BISMARCK – Rolette-Wolford jumper Lexy Wittmayer isn’t used to being approached by college scouts after track and field meets, but she better get used to it.

A scout for University of Mary was asking Wittmayer questions before a handful of reporters got to her following a state championship in Class B high jump. Wittmayer also set the Class B and overall state records in the event at 5 feet, 10 inches.

“Last year, I was just so jittery and thinking, ‘I need to do my best,’ ” the 6-foot-2 sophomore said. “This year, I came in calm and just did my best. When I got to 5-9.5, I thought it was a dream.”

Wittmayer wasn’t pushed much during the season and won the North Central Region title by more than a foot with a then-personal best of 5-8. The final at state came down to Wittmayer and a stiff challenge from Northern Cass’ Vanessa Johnson. The latter ran out of steam at 5-9 and Wittmayer was beaming ear-to-ear through the record jumps that followed.

The previous record was 5-9.25, and Wittmayer first set the record at 5-9, before clearing 5-10 and jumping into the arms of coaches and friends.

“My coach and Rugby’s coach have both been phenomenal,” Wittmayer said. “It feels like a dream, honestly. It exceeded anything I could ever imagine.”

Wittmayer said she was not sure if she will be transferring from Rolette to Bottineau next year.

– Tim Chapman

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