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Kramer places fourth at state in high jump

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By Jonathan Stark

Michael Kramer had a pretty good month of May.

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Playing in several postseason baseball games for Brownstown High School, graduating from BHS, and qualifying for state in the high jump with the Brownstown-St. Elmo co-op track and field team were all memorable moments for Kramer over the past 30 days.

They were also stepping stones on his way to the awards podium in Charleston where he received the fourth-place medal in the high jump at the IHSA State Finals.

Kramer’s high school career came to an end on Saturday after he cleared 6 feet, 6 inches, bettering his state-qualifying mark of 6 feet, 5 inches.

In the state preliminaries on Thursday, Kramer was able to get his jumps out of the way early on, jumping in the first flight. He qualified for the finals by clearing the cut line of 6 feet, 3 inches.

On Saturday, Kramer went up against the 13 best high jumpers in the state. With five of them washing out before 6 feet, 3 inches, Kramer was almost guaranteed a medal. He went on to clear 6-4, 6-5 and 6-6 with ease, locking up a top-four finish. He couldn’t quite get over 6-7, but didn’t have to wait long for his medal, as the top three finishers all cleared 6-7 or 6-8.

Vandalia senior Will Cowger was also in competition at the state finals on Saturday. In the preliminaries of the shot put on Thursday, Cowger qualified by the skin of his teeth with a throw of 50 feet, 11 ½ inches.

In the finals on Saturday, Cowger's best throw was 49 feet, 10 inches, but his prelim distance carried over, placing him 12th.

Angel Osorio was at state for the second time in two years in the high jump. The VCHS senior barely missed the state finals on Saturday, clearing 6 feet, 2 inches, to miss the cut by 1 inch.