Sky’s the Limit for Boyne City’s Harmeling
BOYNE CITY – Boyne City’s Anna Harmeling is setting the bar high for future generations of Ramblers.
The senior pole vaulter broke her own school record three times in one meet at Harbor Springs in April.
Harmeling began the day by clearing 11-6 and 11-9, respectively, before finally clearing the 12-foot mark.
“I got to this meet and everything just clicked,” Harmeling said. “I started jumping and I kept jumping higher. I had always wanted to break our school record, and so to be able to clear it and be like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m a 12-foot vaulter,’ was nothing I had ever expected for myself.”
Despite establishing new records and finishing fourth at the MHSAA Division 3 team state finals each of the last two years, Harmeling never considered herself an athlete prior to high school.
“Coach (Andy) Bryant was my science teacher when I was a freshman and every day I came into class he would say, ‘Hey, you should come try pole vault,’ and I didn’t even know what that was and I had to go home and watch a video and I was like, ‘oh that’s what that thing is,’ I had no idea,” Harmeling said.
“She wasn’t an athlete at all when she came into high school,” added Bryant. “I kind of handpicked her based on her work ethic and determination. She is the poster child for hard work and determination.”
Harmeling’s success isn’t just limited to the track, though, as she’ll head to Stanford in the fall after recording a 1550 out of a 1600 on the SAT.
“I got back my scores and realized that I could actually go to one of the more top private schools,” she said. “I never looked at them and never considered myself able to do it. I sent in my application, which was the longest application ever, and then I didn’t look at it, because I knew the acceptance rate was low and didn’t want to get excited for a school that I might not get in to. Then I got in.”
Harmeling plans to walk on for the school’s track and field program.