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Hogg sets mark

Times Observer Photo by Cody Elms Sheffield’s Emily Foster maintains a tight lead over Youngsville’s Lily Lindell during the 110-meter hurdles Thursday at Sheffield High School.

SHEFFIELD — There’s nothing like starting off your first post-COVID track meet by breaking your own school record, and that is just what Youngsville’s Jacob Hogg did Thursday at Sheffield High School.

Hogg cleared 6-foot, 10 inches to win the high jump against both Sheffield and Johnsonburg. The previous Youngsville High School record was 6-6 set by Hogg his sophomore season.

“Jacob breaking that record, we knew he had it in him,” said Youngsville Head Coach John Victor. “He jumped it during the winter before COVID last year, but COVID put a damper on the season. We knew what he needed to do. (He) made some adjustments as he was going to get him up that high. He knew what he needed to do too and he did it. I can hopefully see seven feet in his jumps somewhere down the road. He almost had seven feet tonight.”

The Youngsville boys split, defeating Sheffield, 80-58, but falling to Johnsonburg by three, 70-67. The girls went on to win both of their matchups, 92-47 over Sheffield and 72-67 over Johnsonburg.

“Just an overall for both the boys and the girls teams today. We’ve been having a lot of fun with our workouts, keeping things loose,” said Victor. “Just going into this asking everyone to give it everything they got. Step up where they can.”

The Wolverines had three athletes qualify for districts on Thursday. Lucas McNeal and Emily Foster both in high jump, and Emily Leichtenberger in javelin with a meet-winning throw of 108-9.”

She is beyond determined,” said Snell of Leichtenberger. “It’s her senior year and she has districts, states, and school records all in her cross hairs. She is such a competitor, and she is taking it one step at a time.”

Youngsville will travel to Union City and Sheffield will travel to Oswayo Valley on Tuesday.

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