For the second year in a row, Claremore’s Andrea Koch captured a gold medal with a 5-foot-4 high jump in the Class 5A high school state track championships Friday and Saturday at the East Tulsa Sports Complex.

The 17-year old junior also came home with a bronze medal, placing third, in the long jump. Her leap was recorded at 16-3 3/4.

"I wasn't a bit surprised she won the medals," Zebra track coach Rob Gilbreath said Monday. "She is the best athlete on the team and is the type of girl that a coach wishes she could enter more than four events."

In additional to the two field events, Koch also ran the anchor on the 400 relay and ran the 200-meter dash.

As a sophomore, Koch took the high jump gold with the same height she won with last week.

With this year's state finals just over, she already is planning for next season.

"My goal for next year is reaching 5-10 in the high jump and 18 feet for the long jump," the 5-7 Koch said.

"I have no doubts she will reach her goals as a senior," Gilbreath said, "I know she can do it."

"I knew we were getting something special before she entered high school," he said. "David Garroutte tipped me off about her. We have been friends since working together in football."

Garroutte, former Zebra head football coach, resigned that position to become superintendent at Justus-Tiawah School. This is where he watched Koch in track meets during her seventh- and eighth-grade competitions.

The daughter of Tracey and Craig Wallis, Koch and her family moved to the Claremore area four years ago.

"We were living at Liberty Mounds, but they do not have a track program, so we moved here," Koch said. "Claremore had track, and the academics is high."

In addition to social and school matters, Koch has another subject in which she is involved. Andrea and her mother are working on their black belts in Tae Kwon Do at Beaven's Martial Arts in Claremore.

Leaping exercises are part of the regimen, and she believes the martial-arts lessons have contributed to her track success. She said her flexibility has upgraded and her lessons help her stay in shape year-round.

She became interested in the self-defense practice because she liked Jackie Chan movies.

A good student, Koch said she enjoys art and English above all others.

"In English, we read a lot of literature and I enjoy reading,” she said. “My favorite book, I believe, is ‘The Great Gatsby,’ and, yes, I have seen the movie."

Koch played basketball until her freshman year, then gave it up to play volleyball for the Lady Zebras.

"I like doing stuff and staying busy," she said.

Referring to her jumping abilities, Koch was asked if she ever used her bed as a trampoline as a small child.

"Yes, but I would get into trouble when I did it," she said.

She was jumping last weekend. And getting gold.