PIAA Preview: Girls' Jumps

Championship season is upon us. The PIAA state championship is this weekend and we're rolling out previews for all of the hotly contested jumps, throws, and races.

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AA High Jump

Fatikha Tikhtova (Marian Catholic) is the standout favorite among a big group of evenly-matched jumpers behind her.

Tikhtova won the District 11 high jump, clearing 5'-6", just one inch off her PR and season-best height of 5'-7". She is undefeated this season and will likely keep that streak through the state championship meet.

Anticipate a fight for 2nd that could come down to six different girls who all have the same season-best height of 5'-4" and are tied at the PA No.2 rank. Among this group are the District 11 runner-up, Paige Casterline (Palisades), and the District 11 3rd place finisher, Faith Yost (Northwestern Lehigh). Both girls cleared 5'-4" at the District 11 championship.

Sara McConnell (River Valley) also cleared 5'-4" at the District 6 championship to take home the title.

Rylee Gorrell (Grove City Area), Olivia McLeary (Forest Hills), and Jordan Bowman (Northwest Area) shouldn't be counted out, either.

AA Pole Vault

If you're looking for a highly competitive field event, look no further than the pole vault.

It's hard to tell who the champion will be, but Lilyana Carlson (Bermudian Springs) is the current PA No.1 with a season-best mark of 12'-1".

However, Adeline Woodward (Trinity) is the top seed going into the state meet after she beat Carlson in a close vault contest at the District 3 Championship, clearing 12'-0".

Aurora Cieslukowski (Warrior Run) vaulted 11'-6" to win the District 4 Championship and has a season-best of 12'-0".

Tatum Norris (Susquehanna Community) could take home the win as she has also cleared 12'-0" and remains undefeated this season.

Erika McGowan (Lakeview) is the 5th 2A girl to clear 12'-0" this season. She is the District 11 champion.

AA Triple Jump

Nataly Walters (Palmerton Area) is peaking at the right time this season to enter the state meet as the favorite. With a 39'-8" PR and a 39'-2.7" effort to win a District 11 title, the undefeated sophomore is on fire.

However, Walters must bring her A-game beat defending state champion Taleea Buxton (West Catholic). Buxton won last year's state title with a jump of 37'-6.75". The senior hit a new PR of 38'-2.5" to win the District 12 championship last weekend.

Keep an eye on Grace Bresnan (Reynolds), Samantha Wechsler (Susquenita), and Sydney Taylor (Keystone Oaks).

AA Long Jump

Nataly Walters is the favorite for the long jump too. Although not by as big of a margin as she is in the triple. Walters won a District 12 title covering 18'-10.5". She also has a season-best and PR of 19'-1.5". These are incredible marks for a sophomore.

Faith Yost is in contention with a season-best and PR of 18'-9". She won the District 11 Championship covering 17'-8.25".

 The rest of the field leaves a lot of potential for surprise.