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May 16, 2014

Fergason strikes gold, relay qualifies at state meet

YUKON —

Hanna Fergason made her last jump at state count for a whole lot.

After making it into the finals with a 17' 1" leap in heat two of the Class 5A girls long jump at Yukon, she needed a few extra inches after Duncan's Skylar Standokes bested her by a quarter of an inch. On her third and final attempt, Fergason's 17' 3.25" clinched gold.

"I don't know if it's hit me yet," Fergason, a sophomore at Chickasha, said. "I just gave it to God on those jumps. I give it all to him."

It was the biggest of two goals Fergason had on the day: win gold at state and, in the process, break the 18-feet barrier. While the latter didn't happen, she's got plenty of time to work her way up.

"It's different jumping up here with that on the line than at home," track coach Nancy Waters. "But she did it. She's got state. It's not the 18 we were looking for, but there's two more years."

It was a steady start from Fergason, scratching on her first jump of the day before coming back with a 16' 4" on the second. Waters said once the 16 barrier was reached, nerves began to calm down.

Breaking 17 on her final jump in heat two put Fergason in the lead, with the closest competitor about three inches behind. 

In the finals, Classen's Barnes bested the jump, and only just. That meant Fergason needed to give it one last push. Kay Barnes from Northwest Classen took third.

"There was a huge relief, and then that girl beat me by a quarter of an inch," Fergason said. "On that last jump, I just gave it my all. I was upset, but I wasn't going to give up."

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