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Saxony’s Jonathan Hartmann wins state championship for high jump

Saxony Lutheran track and field senior Jonathan Hartmann won a Class 2 State Championship in high jump on May 18 at Jefferson City. Submitted photo

As a high school athlete, Saxony Lutheran’s own Jonathan Hartmann has always been known for draining 3-pointers and making highlight reel-esque plays as a member of the Crusaders boys basketball team.

This spring was different, though, as Hartmann asserted himself as one of the top track and field athletes in Southeast Missouri. To no one’s surprise, it was for jumping.

Two weekends ago at the Class 2 State Meet held in Jefferson City, Hartmann became a state champion in high jump with a leap of six feet, six and a quarter inches. It should be noted that this was, in fact, Jonathan’s first and only season of competing in high school track.

“John had to handle the big stage for the first time and did so excellently,” Saxony head coach Max Wieser said. “He just took it one jump at a time and worked his way through the heights. His state winning jump was two and a fourth inches higher than his previous best.”

Hartmann’s high-flying abilites has landed him a spot on the Southeast Missouri State track squad as a preferred walk-on. He will join former Saxony track star Anna Thomason at SEMO.

Saxony had another athlete finish on the podium to earn an all-state medal as sophomore Casey Call took sixth place in pole vault with a mark of 9-2.25. She was also a district champion and sectional champion in the event.

“Casey Call as a sophomore has done some great things already,” Coach Wieser said. “She really owns her events and progressed well with our pole vault coach. She did excellent in front of the large state crowd, and the pressure that comes with that stage to earn all-state.”

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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