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June 19, 2014

Ford on track for college career

It may be months before Lucy Ford tries another high jump, but that doesn't mean her college career won't be full of track meets. 

But Ford, the 2013 New York state Division-II champion in the high jump, is expected to branch out at SUNY Brockport. 

"I imagine they will try to make you a multiple (event) athlete," said Connie Herzig, her CCS track coach.

The Brockport coaches have told Ford as much, saying how they would like her to try the heptathlon, a seven-event competition, that includes high jump, javelin, long jump, shot put, the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter and 800-meter races. 

Ford ran her share of races for Cooperstown, so that won't be a problem. In addition to setting the CCS record for the high jump with her state-title winning jump of 5-5, Ford is fourth on the CCS all-time list for shot put. 

"Hurdles may take some getting used to," she admits, "and javelin, that just seems weird." 

Ford had been on a college visit to Niagara when she made an unscheduled detour on the way back to look at Brockport. 

"I met with the coach, and I really fell in love with the campus," she said.

She'll have less of an off-season than normal, and come August, she won't be doing laps in preparation for swimming and diving season as she has done for the past few years. 

Indoor track season already looms. A weight-lifting program awaits. "I'm really looking forward to getting in the weight room and working with a strength coach," Ford said. "It isn't something I have done before." 

It is a little scary, actually. If Ford can hit 5-5 before she hits the weights, what will she jump when she has some college training? The thought motivates her, she said, and she seems undaunted by the challenge.  

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