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May 9, 2013

Oneonta sweeps Don Howard Invitational

Ford named top field athlete for CCS girls

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Ford won at 5-4 ¼. Herrick cleared 5-4 and Vanderlaan-Meyering made it over 5-1.

Cooperstown girls coach Connie Herzig said Ford thought she was attempting a meet-tying record of 5-5, but after she cleared the bar on her first attempt, an official measured the bar. Because there’s a sag in the bar, Herzig said, the height was revised to 5-4 ¼.

Herzig said Ford said her left foot “felt funny” after clearing 5-4 ¼, so she decided to stop there. Herrick cleared 5-3 and 5-4 on her final attempts.

“This is the best high jumping that we’ve seen,” Herzig said. “They are absolutely two of the premier jumpers in the state. In any other era, Natalie (Vanderlaan-Meyering) would be the star. That poor girl, I went over to her and she said, ‘I’m the other high jumper.’ Her comment was so telling.”

At last spring’s state meet, the top Division II performer cleared 5-4.

Ford was named the Field Event Athlete of the Meet.

Herrick also won the 100 hurdles in 17.63.

Teammate Jennifer Jelic, the Athlete of the Meet, won the 400 hurdles (1:09.42), and helped the Yellowjackets’ 400 and 1,600 relay teams to victory. Jelic joined Mary Buzzanca, Abby Picinich and Alexandra Sakoulas on the 400 relay that crossed in a season-best 52.62. Jelic teamed with Buzzanca, Picinich and Missy Emilio on the 1,600 relay that finished in a season-best 4:11.12 – about 2 seconds off the school record set in 1988.

Other local winners included Franklin’s Haley Downin in the 100 (13.60); Richfield Springs’ Tessa Buck in the long jump (14-5 ¼) and the triple jump (31-3); and Schenevus/Worcester’s Bethany Gorsch in the shot put (32-0).

Cooperstown’s team of Maya Wasson, Ford, Liz Millea and Chantel Huntington placed second in the 400 relay at 54.24.

In the 100, Huntington (13.76) was second and Milford’s Emile Mertz (13.86) was third. Samantha Fanion finished second in the 1,500 while Kristen Ratliff placed second in the 100 hurdles for Cooperstown. Emily Dolan was second in the pole vault for Cooperstown.

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