She cleared 5-0 and 5-2 on her first attempts but had no success in three tries at 5-4, hitting the bar on her way up on her first and third tries.
“It was a beautiful day to jump,” said Ford, who’ll compete for Brockport State next season, “but I was tired, a little lackadaisical. I haven’t been jumping that high this year and that hurt me today. My timing over the bar wasn’t good.”
As for leaving Cooperstown as its first and only state champion in girls track, Ford said: “I really love Connie Herzig, my coach. We just have a great program and the whole school is supportive, and it’s so nice.”
Herzig added that thanks to Ford’s example and guidance, Cooperstown has two high jumpers for next season — Mya Stearns and Samantha Fanion — who cleared 5-0 this season.
Ford won state medals in all three of her state-meet appearances.
Herrick appeared to be over 5-2 on two occasions but hit the bar with her legs on the way down.
“I did better than I did last year, which is what I was aiming for,” said Herrick, who cleared 4-10 in her first two trips to the state meet. “For me, it was a successful day.”
Like Cooperstown, Oneonta’s high-jumping situation appears to be in good hands as Herrick’s sister, freshman Mallory, made it over 5-0 at last week’s state qualifier.
Even if Ford and Herrick cleared personal-bests Saturday, they would have had a hard time beating Alden’s Hailey Rospierski, who won the D-II title with a clearance of 5-7.