To say that Coronado High School’s Jamie Klages, is having a great senior year would be an understatement. A gifted three-sport athlete, Klages started her final prep year as Co-Captain of the Girls Volleyball Team. Despite a sprained right foot injury that caused her to miss much of that season, she returned for the end of the Eastern League Co-championship regular season and the Islanders playoff run.
As the soccer season ended Klages, a talented and athletic goalie, was named Western League Player of the Year. She was also placed on the CIF Division III First Team and helped her team win the CIF Division III Co-Championship, a title Coronado shared with USDHS. Klages, who will graduate from CHS with 10 athletic letters (four each in soccer and track, two in volleyball) has accepted a scholarship from the University of Nebraska to play soccer.
All of that background leads to her ‘second’ sport, which is track and field. In 2004, she finished tied for fifth in the state (all divisions) in the high jump, with a leap of 5-feet, 7-inches. Earlier in 2005 she had extended her personal best height to 5-8. All of which sets the stage for the following report from CHS Head Track Coach George Green:
"Jamie Klages set a personal record last Saturday at the Torrey Pines High School Falcon Track Invitational. She not only broke the meet record by over eight inches, but she tied one of the oldest CIF San Diego section records on the books with an astounding jump of 5-feet, 10 ¼ inches. She now shares the San Diego top all-time spot with Carlsbad’s Sue McNeal, who cleared the same height in 1978. Jamie almost topped 5-feet, 11 ¼ inches on her third try, just brushing the bar off on the way down.
Her jump, which would have won the state meet last year, is the best in the state so far this year and one of the Top 5 jumps in the nation. Next week she’ll be the top seed at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational, which draws some of the best athletes in the country. You can see photos of Jamie and even a movie of her jump at Islandertrack.com."
Lost a little in the excitement over Klages’ efforts is the fact that fellow CHS senior high jumper Adam Munns is also having a fine senior campaign. Munns was named to the All-Harbor League Second Team for his efforts during the winter sports season in basketball. We’ll return to Coach Green for the narration. "Munns’ winning jump of 6-feet, 6 ½ inches at the Falcon Invitational, was also a new meet record, and was six inches higher than the second place jumper, who was teammate Reid McLean, the owner of a personal best record of 6 feet, 3 inches. Reid is coming off of a sprained ankle and this was his first competition of the year. Sarah Player placed fourth with a jump of 5-feet.