Caleb Johnson will be on the hunt for a state title and more this indoor season. The Germantown Academy senior had a big junior year after transferring to GA from Phil-Mont Christian. He cleared 16-00 at the indoor state meet, taking a narrow second place on attempts to Payton Morris. Now, he'll look to make this his year.
Johnson went on to win the Emerging Elite division at indoor nationals. Outdoors, he won the Inter-Ac, PAISAA, and Eastern States before his all-conditions PR of 16-01.25, where he placed eighth. Expect another big year for him this winter.
It was a senior-heavy year last year, and no indoor state medalists are back after Johnson. But there's some good talent ready to raise the bar up this season.
State College's Luke Knipe should be in for a strong season. He was 11th at indoor states, but jumped a 15-0 indoors last year. Outdoors, he nabbed a state medal, placing seventh in AAA. He cleared a best of 15-03.5 at outdoor nationals, his all-conditions best. Look for Knipe to contend this winter for the title.
Butler's Jack Codispot is on the rise. He jumped a best of 14-07 last indoor season and qualified for states. Outdoors, he had a great day at the state meet, taking fifth in AAA, the best of any returner. Waynesburg Central's Daniel Layton, another indoor state qualifier a year ago, was third at outdoor states in AA. Layton jumped 13-10 indoors, but 14-06 outdoors.