What would you do if you were credited with a state record that you didn't actually set?
Falkville (Ala.) High junior track star Bram Miller was faced with that very question, and he did the right thing, alerting state officials that he never cleared the high jump at the height they entered into the record books.
Following Miller's Class 1A individual state title in the high jump, he received a medal and was announced as the new 1A record-holder with a winning leap of 6 feet, 8 inches, according to an Alabama High School Athletic Association release. Only Miller never cleared 6-8. His winning jump was two inches shorter.
As detailed in the release, Miller immediately alerted the announcer and his coach of the clerical error. It took a day to sort out, but the AHSAA removed his state record from the books, just as Miller wanted. Without his honesty, the state's high school athletics governing body admitted it would not have corrected the mistake.
"He made it clear he did not want to be given credit for something he did not do," Falkville track coach Keith Wilemon said in the release.
Sure enough, Miller himself added, "I did not deserve the state record because I didn’t set it. I had to tell someone. It was the right thing to do.”
Miller did take one attempt at breaking former Montgomery St. Jude standout Kerry Harrell's 1999 record of 6-6.25, but failed to clear 6-6.5. That's all right, Miller says, because he's still got one season remaining. At the end of the release, the Falkville junior added, "I want to come back next year and jump 6-8."
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