Hogg 4th at states

Youngsville’s Jake Hogg clears the bar in the high jump during Saturday’s District 10 Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University. Hogg, a sophomore, captured the Class 2A title for the second consecutive season.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – Youngsville sophomore Jake Hogg already has a number of accolades to his name in the high jump.

He’s a school record holder, multi-time District 10 champion and, now, a state medalist. Hogg finished fourth in the AA boys high jump at the PIAA Track and Field State Championships at Shippensburg University Friday. The sophomore set a new school record by clearing 6 feet, 6 inches.

That’s the second time in as many weeks he’s reset the record. Hogg cleared 6 feet, 5 inches at the Warren County Meet May 9.

Bermudian Springs junior Kolt Byers won the event at 6 feet, 7 inches. Seniors Tyler Hulse (Tulpehocken) and Joshua Forker (Faith Christian) were second and third, respectively. They also cleared 6-7, but the order of finish was determined by number of attempts.

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While Hogg was continuing to add to his impressive resume, another Eagle closed out their stellar career Friday.

Naomi Swartzbaugh, the school record holder in the 100 hurdles, ran her last race for Youngsville in the 300 hurdles at states. She finished second at districts with a 47.06, which put her in the middle of the pack for state qualifiers. Swartzbaugh ran a 48.37 in the prelims and did not qualify for the finals.

Western Wayne’s Trina Barcarola had the top preliminary time at 44.72.

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The Warren 4×800 relay team opened Friday’s action. The team, Kayla Giambrone, Bri Ristau, Naomi Hahn and Katie Beyer, ran a 10:13.37 in the prelims and did not qualify for the finals. Elizabethtown grabbed the top time with a 9:25.42, two seconds in front of top seeded Strath Haven.

Kyle Adams was just off his qualifying time from districts with a 22.80 in the 200 preliminarys. Adams was .42 seconds off the cutoff time to advance to the semis. Coatesville’s Dymere Miller set the pace with a 21.59.

Lydia Latimer competed in the first of her two events at the state meet Friday in the 200. She ran a 26.93 and did not qualify for Saturday’s semis. Top seed Talitha Diggs of Saucon Valley maintained her seed status with a 24.77.

Latimer will have a chance to bring home a state medal Saturday when she competes in the high jump.

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