City native a rising star in high jump
By Carlos Muñoz
The Reporter email@example.com
- Jim Dilling's success is measured in units most people in the United States are too stubborn to accept.
But the Fond du Lac native and his family have warmed up to the metric system — in particular 2.30 meters.
That's about 7 feet, 6½ inches in case you don't have a trusty metric conversion chart handy.
Dilling will have a year following the USA Track and Field Championships on June 24 to make that height and automatically qualify for the U.S. Olympic trials in 2008.
He can also qualify with a 'B' standard of 2.27 meters, but will only make the trials if not enough athletes meet the 'A' standard.
"I hope to go top three (at USATF Championships) and make Team USA," said Dilling, ranked 28th in the world. "I have the world minimum qualifier for the World Championships. (more)
Jim Dilling's success in the high jump was accidental. He joined the Mavericks track team just to participate in a sport in college. ...
"I'm impressed with the heights and dieting, weight training; he's just really worked hard," Lori Dilling said. "It's been an incredible journey for him. Track is a different type of a sport.