4A Boys State Meet Preview By Event

High Jump

AthleteSeason BestRegional Performance
Divinus Muteba, Northwest6'7 (HoCo Winterfest)6'1 (1st, 4AW)
Josiah Nilsen, Dulaney6'5 (BaCo Champs)6'1 (1st, 4AC)
Kavi Caster, South River6'2 (AACo Champs)5'9 (3rd, 4AC)
Jaedon Joyner, Bowie6'2 (Ed Bowie Classic)5'11 (1st, 4AE*)
Kenneth Williams, Quince Orchard6'1 (4A West Regionals)6'1 (2nd, 4AW)

If the shot put tends toward predictability, then the high jump may be the closest thing to a coin toss in track and field due to the nature of the event. It's the only event that is measured by a simple "yes" or "no". For that reason, it's often hard to pin down a favorite heading into the competition. Northwest's Divinus Muteba was the county, regional and state champion last spring, but finished second at the county meet this winter. Still, with the top mark in Maryland and a victory at the 4A West Regionals, it's hard to say he won't be the favorite next week.

Four other boys who have cleared 6'1 or better will compete at the state meet, led by Dulaney's Josiah Nilsen who jumped 6'5 in the Armory at the Baltimore County Championships.