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Ford, Estes earn state spots with track qualifier wins

Paul Ford won the Section VII State qualifier high jump competition Feb. 16 at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse.

Paul Ford won the Section VII State qualifier high jump competition Feb. 16 at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Ford, a senior who qualified for states last year in the high jump and the 55m hurdles, had an easier path in winning the state qualifying event than he did the previous week at the sectional championships when he won in a jump-off.

Ford, who has cleared 6’0” throughout the season, was the lone athlete to clear the 5’4” mark, but was unable to add to his winning height.

“I felt good going over the bar, but I was just not able to clear the next height,” Ford said. “I am just going to work at it harder. There is going to be a lot of jumping over the next two weeks.”

Ford said that he was proud to be going back to the state meet.

“Seeing the guys that jump down there, it is cool to watch and it is a nice feeling to be down there and be part of that group,” Ford said. “I know now that I do not need to feel intimidated, and that I just need to focus on my own jumps because those are the ones that matter to me.”

The high jump will be the final field event for both the boys and girls at the NYSPHSAA state championship meet Saturday, March 2. The events will be held at Barton Hall on the campus of Cornell University.

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