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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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When she competes: 10 a.m. Saturday.

How she got here: Ford placed first among D-II athletes in the Section Three State Qualifier last Thursday at Cicero-North Syracuse. She cleared 5-0.

Seed: Ford is tied for seventh overall at 5-4 (a height she cleared at the Eddy Meet in Schenectady two weeks ago) and tied for third among D-II competitors. The top three seeds have all cleared 5-7, including D-II jumpers Hailey Rospierski of Alden and Olivia Mooney of Cambridge.

Etc.: Herzig said because Ford’s been asked to do so many other events for Cooperstown this spring, she hasn’t had a chance to focus on high jumping.

“We’re feeling pretty good about where she is,” Herzig said. “We’re certainly going in with high hopes and high expectations. We’ll see how it goes. First, you have to get there and then you have to perform. In the past, she’s been good at that. I don’t want to jinx anything, but I feel good about her and where she is.”

Ford is much healthier heading into the state meet this season. Last year, she dealt with an ankle injury that forced her miss two weeks late in the season.

“She’s a lot healthier and we’re feeling good about that,” Herzig said.

Next year: Ford will compete at Brockport State.

ANTONIO GOMES

Event: 200 meters.

State-meet pedigree: Gomes placed fourth in the state in the 200 meters last season, running his personal-best time of 22.59 seconds.

When he competes: 3:30 p.m. today (D-II preliminaries); 12:25 p.m. Saturday (Division II finals, top eight qualify); 2:10 p.m. Saturday (Federation final, top eight overall times from D-I and D-II).

How he got here: Gomes finished second overall and first among D-II athletes in the Section Four State Qualifier last Thursday at Binghamton Alumni Stadium. He crossed in 22.89.

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