Youngsville’s Hogg repeats as high jump champ; Swartzbaugh also going to 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.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – For Youngsville’s Jake Hogg, the second time was just as nice. For senior Naomi Swartzbaugh, this was four years in the making.

Hogg, who broke former Olympian Mike Shine’s school record on his way to the District 10 Class 2A high jump title as a freshmen, repeated as champion as a sophomore on Saturday, while Swartzbaugh earned a second place finish in the 300 hurdles to punch her ticket to states at Slippery Rock University.

Hogg, who is battling a minor injury, was the only jumper to clear 6-1, and while he didn’t go any higher than that on Saturday, he has cleared 6-5 this season, which would put him in medal contention should he do so at states.

He also finished seventh in the triple jump at 40-5.

Swartzbaugh, meanwhile finished second to Hickory’s Aniyah Anderson in the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.06. Not only did her second-place finish qualifier her for the state meet, but her time would have also, with the state qualifying standard standing at 47.64.

Youngsville’s Jocelyn Taydus embraces teammate Naomi Swartzbaugh after the 300 meter hurdle finals

Moments after she crossed the finish line, she realized what she had accomplished and was embraced by teammate Jocelyn Taydus.

Taydus had an impressive day as well, turning in personal bests times in both the 100 and 300 hurdles, finishing ninth and 10th respectively in those events. Swartzbaugh, the school record holder in both events, was seventh in the 100 hurdles.

Amber Evans, meanwhile, was 17th in the long jump and 25th in the triple jump

Youngsville’s Jocelyn Taydus (left) and Naomi Swartzbaugh compete in the finals of the 100 hurdles.