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June 6, 2014

Area's best athletes have one-track minds

8 standouts compete for state titles this weekend

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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:

AUSTIN DEAN

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.”

LUCY FORD

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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