Thursday, October 02, 2014

OHS throwers steal the show

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 5/28/2014

LOUISBURG — There is something about being an Ottawa High School thrower. The Cyclones continue to rise above the competition.

The Cyclones are sending three to state in the 4A shot put for the second straight season.

LOUISBURG — There is something about being an Ottawa High School thrower. The Cyclones continue to rise above the competition.

The Cyclones are sending three to state in the 4A shot put for the second straight season.

Kord Ferguson continues to get closer to all-time state records. People from everywhere are coming to watch.

Ferguson met a man who traveled 450 miles to watch the Cyclones in Friday’s regional in Louisburg.

“That is incredible to have that support nationwide,” Ferguson said.

The Cyclones put on a show for the big crowd. Ferguson, Cory Peoples and Tanner Wright swept the shot put.

Ferguson dazzled in the discus with a 210-foot throw, which is third all-time in Kansas. The Wichita State University signee is the nation’s top thrower in both events.

“That is awesome,” Ferguson said about the trio. “We knew what it would take for Tanner to get that. We were egging him on. Hopefully we can place all three at state. That will be huge for Ottawa. Give a lot of credit to [coach Evan] Shaffer. It shows how we have progressed as a team. His history of throwers has been incredible.”

Ottawa track coach Mark Laws said, “Wow. What a neat accomplishment to have three people qualify for state in one event. That is fantastic.

Shaffer said the achievement is pretty special.

“It is impressive,” he said. “It looks good for Ottawa. It looks good for those kids. We have done that in back-to-back years with different kids.

“Cory has been consistent. Kord is back to 66. That was a solid day. For Tanner, that was his best throw of the year. That is all you can ask.”  

Ferguson knew a big one was coming in the discus.

“It felt real good,” he said. “It is still work in progress for that 213. It is coming. It will happen at the right place ... my future home.

“This past two weeks have let me polish up my discus. My hand has been injured. It has been a blessing in disguise.”

Senior Aaron Miller has successfully made the change to a half-miler. He is headed to state for the third straight season, but this time in the 800-meter race. The other two years, he qualified in the 400.

“It is a whole different world,” Miller said. “I am still learning.”

Laws said it has not been an easy transition for Miller.

“It has not been an easy road,” he said. “It is quite an accomplishment.”

Ottawa distance coach Chris Kornhaus said, “We had to do a rapid transition. The physical part of it he understands now.”

Freshman Angel Natt is headed to Wichita to compete in the long jump and triple jump.

“She has been a pleasant surprise,” Laws said. “She struggled in midseason with injuries. She has come through at the end with everything she has got. For her, it will be a new experience. She can do nothing but benefit from it.”

Boys

Shot put — 1, Ferguson, 66-2.5; 2, Peoples, 53-11.5; 3, Wright, 49-4.

Discus — 1, Ferguson, 210-3; 5, Reed, 137-0.

High jump — 6, Hill, 5-10.

800 — 3, Miller, 2:00.

Girls

Long jump — 3, Natt, 14-11.75; 5, Ferguson, 14-7.

Triple jump — 3, Natt, 31-6.

1,600 — 6, Daw, 5:50.

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