Six feet, two inches.
It’s the second best high jump in the state. And it’s a personal best for Eminence High School’s Ed Berry.
Last week, Berry and teammate T.J. Cooper took their high jump skills to Oldham County where the two placed first and second respectively. Cooper’s jump cleared 5’8” — also a personal best.
They were the only two from Eminence to attend the meet. “We only have a few guys on the team, and some of those play baseball,” coach Steve Frommeyer said. “So we’re only taking a few kids at a time.”
And because of the rain and cold, high jump was the only event the students entered. Frommeyer said that Berry had a bruised hip, and as a result did not take part in any running events. Berry should be back to normal this week.
The 6’2” mark that he reached in the meet isn’t just a personal best, it’s a personal best twice over – Berry hit that mark in the 2008 state finals, and now is tied for the highest jump in class A.
“There’s only one jumper in the whole state in all classes jumping higher,” Frommeyer said.
Cooper’s jump is just two inches shy of the automatic qualifying height for the state finals. “T.J. jumped his personal best also, and seems to be ready to take his next step,” Frommeyer said. “I think he can get to 5’10”, which is his goal and the automatic qualifying height for state.”
Though EHS track was scheduled to take part in a meet in Danville on April 25, the team opted out because of scheduling conflicts. The team traveled to Kentucky Country Day Tuesday and will return to Oldham County Thursday.
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