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June 6, 2014

Area's best athletes have one-track minds

8 standouts compete for state titles this weekend


She cleared her personal-best of 5-4 in the 2013 Don Howard Invitational at Cooperstown.

“She looked good over 5 feet and over 5-2, and I’ve seen jumps that could have easily been 5-4,” OHS girls coach Dan Forbes said of Herrick. “We’d like to see her PR at states. I’d like to see her get 5-2 and maybe over 5-4, and we’re hoping that’ll be good enough to place.

“She looked pretty good Thursday,” he continued, “but it’s definitely a finicky event.”

Forbes said Herrick’s experience at the state meet should be beneficial.

“She knows what to expect and she knows the routine,” Forbes said. “That will work in her favor. She knows to focus on herself and the height she wants to clear.”

Next year: Herrick will play volleyball at Division I Siena.


Event: Pentathlon.

State-meet pedigree: Knapp placed sixth in the 400 hurdles as an eighth-grader; she placed third in the 100 hurdles, sixth in the 400 hurdles and 17th in the long jump as a freshman; and she placed fifth in the 100 hurdles last season.

When she competes: The pentathlon high jump starts at 1:10 p.m. today, the 100 hurdles are at 2:10 p.m. today, the shot put is 3:15 p.m. today, the long jump is 10 a.m. Saturday, and the 800 is 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

How she got here: Knapp was the overall champion in the pentathlon in last Thursday’s Section Four State Qualifier. She totaled 2,948 points — more than 300 points ahead of the second-place finisher.

Seed: Knapp’s 10th overall and fifth among D-II competitors. The top three seeds are D-II athletes — Randolph’s McKenna Mayock (3,345), APW’s Kylee Bartlett (3,137) and Spence School’s Frances Lodge (2,998).

Etc.: En route to her victory last Thursday, Knapp ran her season-best time of 15.24 in the 100 hurdles. She also high jumped 4-11.75; long jumped 15-5.75; and ran a 2:31.4 in the 800. The only event she struggled with was the shot put, finishing with a distance of 22-8.

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