“It just down poured all day and I really didn’t do that well,” she said. “It was cold and wet and the mat was soaking. I don’t think anybody could do their best.”
Ford said she hopes to beat her fifth place finish, but she admits she also has her eye on a state title.
“I think I started thinking about it during basketball season,” she said. “I would be looking up at the banners in the gym and think ‘that would be a pretty good spot there for my name.’”
Just a few weeks ago, however, she was thinking that her opportunity had passed.
“My mom was talking to the doctor on the phone, and she said that typically that kind of injury means that my season would be over. This was before they examined me and it turned out to be not as serious as they thought.”
“I just felt horrible,” she added. “It is my recruiting year, and my junior year. I thought if I can’t do this, I don’t know what I will do.”
Instead, Ford will jump in the Section Three State Qualifier today at Cicero-North Syracuse and most likely in the state meet next weekend in Middletown. And the recruiters are already aware of her, according to Herzig.
“She is being recruited heavily by several colleges,” she said.
Ford also plays basketball and is a swimmer and diver. At 6-foot-1, her height is a factor in her success. She said it is why her former coach Brenda Jaeger pushed her into jumping in the first place.
“She pushed me to jump in the high jump, because usually it is tall people who do well in it,” Ford said. “I enjoy it a lot. It is just an amazing feeling to jump and then to clear the bar and land. It is a thrill.”