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Karli Chmelik's high jump progress as easy as 1-2-3

Karli Chmelik's high jump progress as easy as 1-2-3

Is dance to track and field a simple two-step? It seems to be working for Karli Chmelik, cha-cha-cha. A talented high jumper, the Burlington Central senior's ability to soar seems to come straight from the dance studio. Chmelik started dancing when she was 2, competitively by kindergarten. She "did them all" — tap, ballet, hip hop. Track stole her heart when she reached high school, but she still takes a technique class once a week. Chmelik even created her own website — karlichmelik.weebly.com — where she posts images taken of dance poses from an AP photography class. Jumping, it's in the air. "I think I have a natural jumping ability...

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