Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ferguson close to state discus record

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 4/7/2014

Every time Kord Ferguson competes in the shot put or the discus state records could be in jeopardy. The Ottawa High School senior is one of the best throwers in state history.

He came into Friday’s Ottawa Relays on the heels of a 65-foot performance in the shot put, which put him No. 3 all-time in Kansas.

Every time Kord Ferguson competes in the shot put or the discus state records could be in jeopardy. The Ottawa High School senior is one of the best throwers in state history.

He came into Friday’s Ottawa Relays on the heels of a 65-foot performance in the shot put, which put him No. 3 all-time in Kansas.

Ferguson did not hit a bigger one, but did break the Relays record with a toss of 63 feet, 7 inches.

That drove him in the discus where he was hitting better than 215 feet in practice. The senior had never eclipsed 200 feet in a meet. He did that three times in the OHS Relays. His best was 205-6.5, which is No. 4 all-time in Kansas.

“That is a great series,” Ottawa coach Evan Shaffer said. “He has been hitting big, big ones in practice. Two hundred and five is a big one. He has been bigger than that in practice. It is a matter of hitting the right one. That is going to come. He is definitely capable.”

Ferguson was ready for the discus.

“Having not a good day in the shot, kept me motivated in the discus,” Ferguson said. “I was little bit different disappointed in the shot after having a PR last week. I was hoping to go a little bit bigger.

“To throw 205 on a flat throw, I am pretty excited.”

Ferguson knows a little adjustment here or there could make a difference in the ring.

“It is definitely a sport of all positions,” he said. “I am capable of a lot farther. It is just a few microscopic things that can make a big difference.”

Shaffer said Ferguson has elevated himself to the elite.

“That puts him in small company,” he said. “He is chasing the records. That keeps him motivated.”

Ferguson wants to stay consistent and keep getting getter.

“I want to continually improve,” he said. “I want to peak at the right time.”

Miller’s move

Ottawa senior Aaron Miller was an established sprinter. He placed in most meets at the 100-, 200- and 400-meter events.

College coaches envisioned more from him, but in a different event. They wanted him to run the 800. He was a bit stubborn.

“I got a phone call from Kansas State,” Miller said. “He wanted to talk to me about running the 800. Arkansas State offered me a scholarship in the 800. Coach [Chris] Kornhaus wanted me to run it since my freshman year. A lot of people talked me into it.”

He relented for his senior season. It appears to be the right move. He ran a two-minute time in his first meet and followed it up with a 2:01 in the Relays.

“It is a whole different world,” Miller said. “It has been a good process. It is hard to learn how to run the race in one year. Today I went out too fast. I will learn from that.”

OHS boys (74 points, fourth)

100 — 4, Lewis, 11.86.

800 — 2, Miller, 2:01.

3,200 — 2, Skoog, 10:42.

1,600 relay — 4, Ottawa, 3:51.

Pole vault — 3, Hastings, 9-6; 4, Rundle, 9-0.

Long jump — 2, Lewis, 20-0.50.

Shot put — 1, Ferguson, 63-7 (meet record); 2, Wright, 50-0.

Discus — 1, Ferguson, 205-6.5 (meet record).

OHS girls (4.5 points, sixth)

400 — 5, White, 1:08.

High jump — 5, Ingram, 4-8.

Shot put — 6, Carswell, 32-9.

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