Chasity Wampler’s path to a state championship followed a simple, yet strenuous formula.
“It definitely takes repetition, lots and lots of things,” Wampler said. “(A)nd it’s really, I feel like gymnastics is a complete mind game. Either you think you can, or you can’t.”
It also took having people around to keep that mentality.
Wampler and her coach Justine Coblentz-Boggs formed an unbreakable bond in their two years working together at Richmond High School.
But it’s one that was started back during their time together at the Richmond Gymnastics Training Center.
“She’s definitely a big part of my life,” Wampler said. “Justine, she’s always positive and motivating. … I can go to Justine with anything and she’s always there to motivate me. So it means a lot to me.”
Coblentz-Boggs, a National Trail High School graduate from New Paris, Ohio, took over the Richmond High School gymnastics program following Wampler’s sophomore year.
Wampler had advanced to state the previous March, but was the only returning gymnast.
Coblentz-Boggs had no coaching experience at the high school level, but after Saturday, she is 2-for-2 in trips to the state final — and 2-for-2 in earning a state medal.
The top six place finishers in each event earn a trip to the podium and a state medal.
Wampler tied for third in vault as a junior with a score of 9.8.
There was no sharing this time — at least not in that event.
Wampler crisply completed the vault and improved her score to 9.85 at Saturday’s IHSAA gymnastics state finals, and two rotations later, was called to the podium for the first-place prize.
“I think that we really feed off each other, because gymnastics is such a negative sport,” Coblentz-Boggs said. “My job and the judges’ job is to tell you exactly what you’re doing wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. And I’m a very positive coach. I like to tell you everything you’re doing right, and I think she really feeds off of that, so I think that gives us a really good relationship.”
Wampler said she first started doing gymnastics at the RGTC when she was 5 years old. Coblentz-Boggs is a coach at the RGTC.
When Wampler asked her to coach at RHS, Coblentz-Boggs said she would do it only if Wampler put in hard work during the offseason.
After finishing 15th at state as a sophomore, Wampler qualified in all-around as a junior.
That year, she was 16th on bars, 22nd on beam, 20th on floor and ninth all-around after her third-place vault finish.
In addition to winning the state title last Saturday, she tied for fourth in bars, was 27th in floor and 26th in beam for a seventh-place all-around score of 37.05. And now, she has her sights set on a possible collegiate gymnastics career.
“I have definitely improved a whole bunch,” Wampler said. “I’m definitely a better person in and outside of the gym, and I feel way more confident about everything, because I feel like my work ethic at practices is way better than it used to be.”
“I’ve been with her just seeing how much she has grown as an athlete these four years and as a person. She’s just a wonderful young lady and she has a lot to do in this world.”