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June 6, 2014

Area's best athletes have one-track minds

8 standouts compete for state titles this weekend


The meet starts at 11:30 a.m. today. Competition will resume at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Admission is $8.

The following is a capsule look at each of the eight participants this weekend:


Event: Discus.

State-meet pedigree: First appearance.

When he competes: 2 p.m. today (Division II); 2:30 p.m. Saturday (Federation final, top eight overall finishers).

How he got here: Dean finished second overall and second in D-II to Lansing’s Anders Presthus in the Section Four State Qualifier last Thursday at Binghamton Alumni Stadium. He qualified by exceeding the state standard. His best mark last week was 146-3.

Seed: Dean is tied for eighth in D-II at 147-8, a distance he threw in the Yellowjacket Invitational at OHS in early May. Phil Zobrest of Alden is the top seed at 161-4. Presthus is seeded sixth at 150-8.

Etc.: It’s been a standout academic year for Dean, a First Team all-state selection as a defensive lineman in football, a Section Four D-II championship at 285 pounds in wrestling and a qualifier for the state meet in track.

“You don’t get that very often,” Sidney track coach Paul Sims said of Dean’s junior year. “He’s definitely a top-five-percent caliber of athlete. He works hard at it and he’s always in the weight room.”

Sims added that it’s not uncommon for discus athletes to set a personal record by 5 to 10 feet.

“He’s been very consistent all year long,” Sims said. “He’s been right around that 140-foot range, but I definitely feel like he could pop one. There’s so much going on in that event with the spin, but if he puts everything together, 147 could become 157.”


Event: High jump.

State-meet pedigree: Ford cleared 4-10 to place fifth among D-II athletes as a sophomore and won the D-II state title last season by clearing 5-5.

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