Girls' High Jump Preview
As with most of the individual events at Sunday's indoor state championship, there is no returning champion in the girls' high jump as two-time PTFCA winner Lydia Bottelier is now competing for Pitt.
If the mantle is ultimately passed to the top two jumpers thus far in 2020, it will mark the end of one's dogged pursuit of a statewide title.
Cheltenham senior Brianna Smith and Beaver Area's Emma Pavelek have narrowly missed the No. 1 spot several times. Currently tied for sixth nationally with a jump of 5-foot-8, Smith was second in the 2019 PTFCA indoor finale
The Duke recruit has cleared 5-6 in each of her four meets this season. The multi-eventer also was third in last year's PIAA meet after finishing third and fifth in her first two outdoor campaigns.
Pavelek has jumped and won twice this indoor season, with her best winning height of 5-7 worth a share of the No. 17 spot nationally. The junior is in her first indoor season, but she has done well outdoors. She was second last May at Shippensburg with a 5-7 clearance and finished fourth as a freshman.
Spring Ford's Nene Mokonchu has cleared 5-6 a pair of times. The breakthrough performer will be a threat to the top spot this weekend. Margaux Rawson of Mount Saint Joseph Academy and Amelia McCloy of Central Mountain both come in with season bests of 5-5.
Olivia Boyce of Haverford Township was third last year, while Abby Eisold of George School was 10th as the top 12 all cleared 5-2. Heading into this year's final, all 15 in the field have cleared 5-3 or higher.
Event 25 Girls High Jump ==============================
============================== =================== Starting Ht. 4' 10" Increase 2" Meet Record: 6-00 2/27/1999 Hyleas Fountain, Central Dauphin East 5-03.00 SGQ State Guideline Name Year School ============================== ============================== =================== 1 Boren, Christie 10 Hickory 2 Boyce, Olivia 12 Haverford Twp 3 Brown, Kasi 11 Wissahickon 4 Eisold, Abby 12 George School 5 Graybill, Morgan 12 Troy 6 Griffith, Paige 10 Hickory 7 Howard, Grace 9 South Fayette 8 Janosik, Lyric 12 Penn Cambria 9 McCloy, Amelia 12 Central Mountain 10 Mokonchu, Nene 10 Spring Ford 11 Pavelek, Emma 11 Beaver Area 12 Rawson, Margaux 11 Mt St Joseph Aca 13 Smith, Brianna 12 Cheltenham 14 Spencer, Rachael 12 State College 15 Torri, Giana 9 Hempfield Area