Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Ferguson's studies pays off

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 4/8/2013

Ottawa High School junior Kord Ferguson is a student of the shot put and discus events. He studies technique frame-by-frame on the video.

That attention to detail, plus his work-ethic in the weight room, has made him one of the best in the state in both events.

Ottawa High School junior Kord Ferguson is a student of the shot put and discus events. He studies technique frame-by-frame on the video.

That attention to detail, plus his work-ethic in the weight room, has made him one of the best in the state in both events.

Ferguson tossed the shot put 63 feet, 6 inches Friday in the Mill Valley Invitational. It was the No. 8 overall throw in state history, just 3/4 of an inch behind school-record mark of Caleb Blakesley set in 2005.

He followed that up Monday with a 60-7 performance in the shot put at the Ottawa Invitational and then shattered a 30-year school record in the discus. He went 186-8, which eclipsed the 173-9 mark of his coach Evan Shaffer set in 1982. Both were meet records.

“We are not in the same class,” Shaffer said. “I knew it was coming. He will go way past that. If somebody was going to be beat it, I wanted it to be somebody I was coaching. He has a lot of them left in him.”

Ferguson said the discus record throw was a result of everything coming together at the right time.

“It felt perfect,” he said. “My footwork was great. It was a great throw. It was pretty cool. To do it at home is pretty special. It is an old record, my coaches record ... it is pretty special.

“He’s been a great coach for me. He has a good history of producing huge throwers. It is exciting for me to come to work with him every day. I am pretty blessed to have him as a coach.”

Another special moment was his mammoth shot put throw Friday.

“It was surprising,” Ferguson said. “I planned on going over 60, but not the 4A record. It has been my goal. I want to be the all-time Kansas best. I feel like I am on pace.

“God has blessed me with a hard work ethic. I spend a lot time in the weight room. A lot of time throwing. My technique has gotten a lot better. I-pods have an app called ‘coaches eye’ where you can break it down by every frame. It has been a key. You have to study it and practice.”

Ferguson takes a different approach to track than most.

“Very few people in 26 years as a coach does somebody love to throw the shot and discus,” Shaffer said. “It’s his passion. That is his thing. He is so focused on track.”

Ferguson broke down the video of the Mill Valley performance.

“I watched my throws 100 times,” he said. “I saw a lot of things in my technique that need to be improved. That is the exciting part to me is there is still a long ways to go.”

Blakesley came to watch Ferguson and hoped he would break his shot put mark.

Ferguson said Blakesley has been a help and an inspiration.

“He always been around,” Ferguson said. “He’s good help. He knows a lot about the sport.

“That mark is there on the board. I get to see it every day. It is a reminder.”

Shaffer said Ferguson has untapped ability and figures it will be fun to see how the rest of his career unfolds.

“He is getting distances out there ... in rarefied air ... and he is just a junior,” Shaffer said. “You know he has 65-footer in him. It is a matter of time.

“His goal is to have the Kansas best in both. That is a good goal.”

Jumpers shine

Ottawa’s triple and long jumpers continue to pile up top places and points. Dallas Natt, the two-time defending state champion in the triple jump, swept both events in the first two meets of the season.

Ottawa took three of the top four places in the long jump at Mill Valley.

Miller time

Junior Aaron Miller led Ottawa on the track in the first two meets. He won the 400-meter race in the home meet and took second at Mill Valley. He was second in the 200 in the Ottawa meet.

He was part of three relays to place.

Ottawa competes Thursday at the Anderson County Invitational.

Ottawa Invitational

Boys

Shot put — Ferguson, 60-7 (meet record); 2, Jensen, 52-9; 3, Wright, 48-3.

Pole vault — 4, Hastings, 9-6.

Javelin — 3, Weidl, 140-10.

Triple jump — 1, Natt, 44-9.25.

High jump — 4, Hill, 5-8.

Discus — 1, Ferguson, 186-8 (school and meet record); 4, Jensen, 136-2.

Long jump — 1, Natt, 21-7.5; 4, Lewis, 19-10.

400 — 1, Miller, 51.99.

200 — 2, Miller, 23.63.

Girls

3,200 relay — 3, Ottawa (Daw, Weidner, Pfitzenmaier, Doty), 10:54.

800 — 5, Doty, 2:40.

Javelin — 5, Shea, 90-0.

Mill Valley Invitational

Ottawa boys (second)

100 — 5, Lewis, 12.24.

200 — 5, Miller, 24.47.

400 — 2, Miller, 51.93.

400 relay — 5, Ottawa (Marvin, Lewis, Miller, Wallis), 46.8.

1,600 relay — 5, Ottawa (Marvin, Miller, Wallis, Hill), 3:49.

Long jump — 1, Natt, 22-0; 2, Griffey, 20-11; 4, Lewis, 20-7.5.

Triple jump — 1, Natt, 45-11.5.

Shot put — 1, Ferguson, 63-6 (4A state record, No. 8 all-time in state, No. 1 in nation in 2013); 2, Jensen, 52-3.75; 3, Peoples, 52-1.5; 4, Wright, 48-5.5.

Discus — 1, Ferguson, 156-1; 2, Jensen, 138-0; 3, Reed, 133-3.

Javelin — 1, Peoples, 150-4; 4, Bell, 140-2.

Girls

3,200 relay — 3, Ottawa (Doty, Weidner, Daw, Pfizenamaier), 11:10.

Long jump — 6, Ferguson, 14-11.

Javelin — 5, Shea, 92-7.

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