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June 10, 2013

Cooperstown's Ford wins state high jump title

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Crunden was lone member of that quartet to clear 5-6. Ford finished fourth overall. Herzig said Ford had one good attempt at 5-6 but that her legs had lost some of their spring by that time in the competition.

“The injury was definitely a big step back because I didn't know if I'd come back,” Ford said. “The mental part was the toughest part. Getting over that was rough.”

Heading into her senior year, Ford said, 5-8 will be her goal.

“I don't put a ceiling on her,” Herzig said. “She's the best high jumper I've ever worked with, that's for sure. I hope she continues to refine her technique. If she continues to develop, goodness, I don't know (how high she could jump).”

Another area junior whose ceiling appears to be headed north in a hurry is Downsville junior Antonio Gomes. The young man had never run track before this season but finished fourth in the D-II 200 in a school-record time of 22.59 seconds, breaking his record of 22.85 set at last week's Section Four State Qualifier.

“He ran really smooth,” Downsville coach Tim McNamara said. “He was seeded 10th but ended up winning his heat.”

Heading into the meet, McNamara said, setting a personal-record was the goal for Gomes, a football player on a combined Downsville-Roscoe squad this past fall.

“Running a 22.59 was really impressive,” McNamara said, adding the key to Gomes' performance was a good start.

“He had a really good corner this time,” the coach said. “He usually struggles in the first 100, but this time he was solid and then pulled away.”

Hudson's Darian Blanks won in 22.14.

Asked when he thought he might have something special in Gomes, McNamara said he found out during an early-season workout. The team was doing an interval workout, repeating 200-meter sprints. McNamara said he told the team no one could pass the coach until later in the workout.

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