Sheffield’s Adam Higby takes second at D9 Meet, advances to states in high jump

BROOKVILLE-Not the best day, not his best jump.

But Sheffield junior Adam Higby did what he had to do to get to states.

Higby cleared 5-10 – three inches lower than his seeded height – to finish second in the boys’ high jump at the District 9 Class AA Championship Meet and earn an automatic bid to the PIAA State Meet at Shippensburg University.

“There’s no doubt he wanted to take first, but he’s happy getting to states,” said Sheffield boys’ coach Brian Moldovan. “He’s just been getting better all year. We give him a tip here and there in the high jump, but for the most part he’s on his own.”

Brookville’s Braiden Smith had an equal height of 5-10, but completed the jump in fewer attempts to take first place.

Higby also took fourth in the triple jump with a personal best distance of 40-11 and seventh in the long jump at 19-5.

No other Sheffield boys who qualified went home with a medal. Jake Johnson entered the day seeded 12th in the high jump, but was eliminated early in the competition. Jay Marlow did not place in the 100 or 200, and the Wolverines’ 4-by-100 relay team was a scratch.

Kane won the team competition with a score of 99 points in the 18 events. Sheffield placed 14th out of 20 teams to record points with 12.

On the girls’ side, Jen Isenberg fell short of a return to states in the javelin with a throw of 99-5. Isenberg entered the D9 Meet seeded sixth after missing much of the season due to an injury.

Morgan Leichtenberger finished 12th in the long jump and did not place in the 100 hurdles, and Brittany Fritz was 11th in shot.

Elk County Catholic won the girls’ team championship, edging Johnsonburg105.5 to 103.

The PIAA State Championship will be held May 23 and 24 at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium.