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June 6, 2014

Area's best athletes have one-track minds

8 standouts compete for state titles this weekend


Etc.: G-MU/M coach Michael D’Amico said he had a feeling Hawkins would perform well last week after she had six throws between 113 and 104 feet during the Section Four Class D meet two weeks ago.

“It’s the most consistent I’ve ever seen her throw,” D’Amico said. “She had that confidence. I knew she would do well at the state qualifier.”

Hawkins led the competition until Bonney surpassed her on her final attempt.

D’Amico said he’d like to see Hawkins place in the top six and break the Tri-Valley League record, which stands at 118 feet and change.

“She’s peaking at the right time,” he said. “She’s a hard-working kid and she really enjoys throwing, but the discus is a finicky event. You can throw really well one day and another day, you don’t have it. You never know what’s going to happen, so we’re just doing all the work we can to prepare.”


Event: High jump.

State-meet pedigree: Herrick cleared 4-11 to place 16th as a sophomore and made it over the same height last season, when she placed 12th.

When she competes: 10 a.m. Saturday.

How she got here: Herrick cleared 5-0 to place third — second among D-II competitors — in the Section Four State Qualifier last week. The state standard is 5-0, so Herrick needed to finish in the top three to qualify.

Seed: Herrick is tied for 21st overall and tied for seventh in D-II. Her seed mark is 5-2, a height she cleared earlier this season.

Etc.: She’s among the top three-sport athletes in the area. Herrick helped OHS to its first sectional title in volleyball during the fall season, then started for the Yellowjackets basketball team, which won its seventh straight sectional title this past winter.

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