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June 13, 2013

Ford's state title a first for CCS

High jump win gives Herzig first champ

Creative visualization works. Just ask Lucy Ford.

Ford didn’t know it as creative visualization at the time, but it may have helped her win a state championship anyway.

The Cooperstown junior, who turned 17 in May, spent at least part of her basketball season staring up at the track and field banners at Red Bursey Gymnasium, noticing a big hole under Alec Silvera’s D-II title banner for winning the 110-meter hurdles in 2010 and 2011.

“See what I mean,” she said to her coach Connie Herzig, thinking back on those winter daydreams. “It’s the perfect place for a banner.”

Ford’s banner will arrive in the fall, Herzig said.

Very little else has changed for Ford since Saturday, she said. She’s still a middle child, with no special accord from her older brother or little sisters. She said she isn’t big on social media, so her Facebook or Twitter haven’t blown up with friends or followers. Colleges have sent letters, but although they can phone her now that her season has ended, no one has yet.

Even her mom, Amy, still teases her.

“I wonder what Mr. Niles is going to say knowing you were thinking of track during basketball season,” she said to her daughter on Monday.

Ford said the biggest change is locally where people she had never spoken to approach her to say congratulations. 

“Kids at school I have never talked to or been friends with were coming up to say congratulations. That was nice,” she said.

Herzig said a lot of Ford’s success is mental.

“With most girls a lot of coaching is getting past all the emotions to get ready to work,” Herzig said. “In other words, you spend a lot of time working to get ready to work. Lucy isn’t like that. She is able to just go out and do the work that she needs to do to get better.”

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