Callista DeCramer smiles while talking to teammates.
Callista DeCramer smiles while talking to teammates.

   Callista DeCramer wasn’t sure she wanted to go to college.

   The 2014 Green Lake High School graduate and Princeton native is glad she did — both for the education and ability to continue her track and field career.

   Entering her senior year, DeCramer is coming off one of the most successful seasons in the history of the Ripon College track and field program.

  She became the first Ripon athlete to qualify for nationals in the pentathlon and triple jump, doing so in March during the indoor season.

  DeCramer was the first female in school history to qualify for two events at one championship meet. The only other person to accomplish that was Todd Ciesielczyk in the shot put and discus at the 1987 Outdoor Championships.

   DeCramer followed up that feat in May by qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pentathlon. She finished 14th at the national competition.

   She also holds school records in the 60-meter hurdles (9.2 seconds), triple jump (36 feet, 11.5 inches), pentathlon (3,349 points), 100 hurdles (15.28 seconds) and heptathlon (4,607 points).

   DeCramer sat with the Ripon Commonwealth Press Monday to reflect on her track and field career and her future plans.

Q. What are your earliest memories of track and field?
A. I started in junior high when I went to school. I was home-schooled until seventh grade and then I joined the track team ... I wasn’t very good at other sports because I didn’t play them when I was younger. That first year, I really liked it and I haven’t stopped running since.

Q. How did your interest in the sport develop after that?
A. Through junior high I tried pretty much all of the events, which is kind of ironic because I’m now a multi-athlete. Then I didn’t do all the events once I got to high school. I mostly did hurdles and long and triple jump ... I just really enjoyed those events ... but there’s a lot more to track and field than you initially think especially when you’re a junior high kid."

Read the rest of the "Q&A" in the July 18, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.