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Harrison high jumper to compete for Team USA

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Harrison high jumper to compete for Team USA

John Strohl

Adam Decker is one of the best in the area at high jump.

His personal best is 6 feet, 5 inches.

Decker also competes in long jump and has a best of 18-6.

He is not only part of the track team, Decker is also part of swim team and the Purdue longboarding club.

Decker started his high jumping career in the seventh grade.

“I discovered I could jump seventh grade year during basketball season and was recruited by the track team to try jumping,” said Decker.

Decker plans on jumping 6-6 this season, which would break his personal record, and he also plans to place in state this year.

This summer, Decker will take a trip to Brisbane, Australia to high jump for Team USA in the East Coast International Track and Field meet.

The trip is nine days in total with five days slotted for competition, and the other four are for relaxing and traveling Australia

Decker will gain a lot of great of experience at this competition with him competing against jumpers from all over the world.  

Although Decker has had a lot of success in his career, he hasn’t had an easy path to get where he is today.

In the sixth grade, Decker was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

“It was hard to deal with at first, but sports were my way of dealing with stress,” said the multi-sport athlete.

Then two years later in the 8th grade, Decker was diagnosed with epilepsy and celiac disease within a month of each other.

“This was very hard for me, as I felt different and hopeless at first,” Decker said. “But with sports, I felt free. Soaring over that high jump bar, something so simple, just makes me feel free from the rest of the world. Overcoming my downfalls, has bettered me as an athlete and as a person.”

Decker continues to train hard and wants to inspire those within the community that battle diseases like diabetes to “shoot for the stars.”