Ferguson takes 2nd with personal best

Ferguson takes 2nd with personal best


Ferguson takes 2nd with personal best



Solon’s Dalton Ferguson didn’t win the Class 3A boys shot put, but he put a big scare into the guy who did. Ferguson threw his personal best, 55 feet, 6 inches, early in the proceedings to likely lock up at least the runner-up spot.

But at the end of the finals he unleashed a throw that couldn’t help strike fear into the leader, Mount Pleasant’s Emmett Wester.

“He went off,” Wester said. “He had a great toss. My stomach dropped. I was like, ‘Man, he just beat me.’ I hated to see him scratch. Man, he had a great toss.”

Wester was the winner with a throw of 58-1½.

“Oh yeah, 58, 57,” Ferguson said, estimating that final throw that was declared a foul. “He would have had to think about it.”

Ferguson said his success was a combination of the training he was doing in the weight room and getting into the right ‘power position.’ His previous best was 53-10½, and he was seventh at the Drake Relays with that throw.

“I felt like I was really, really explosive off my hip,” he said. “I don’t know, I just felt explosive.

“It’s been a lot of hard work. In the weight room every single set was ‘X’ amount of weight and three reps so you’re more and more explosive.”

* ROUND THE TRACK: Highland’s Sam Dutton was third in the Class 1A high jump by clearing 5-2. West Liberty’s Kristi Feldman was fourth in the discus with a throw of 130-7. The Comets’ Tyler Newsom was fifth in the boys discus. Newsom threw a personal best 161 feet. Regina’s Alex Balke was eighth with a throw of 153-8.

Solon’s boys 4×200 relay of Jacob Black, Jordan Wymer, Riley Takes and Jonah Kuntz placed fifth in 1:30.80, a season-best performance. Clear Creek Amana was seventh in 1:31.50.

Kathy Kaalberg of West Liberty was seventh in the high jump after clearing 5 feet. Clear Creek Amana’s Tyhesia Simpson was seventh in the long jump with a leap of 16-5¾.

Mid-Prairie’s girls 4×200 was seventh in 1:48.91, a season-best, and the Golden Hawks’ distance medley was eighth in 4:22.13, cutting 10 seconds off its best time.

Lone Tree’s Bryan Forbes was eighth in the Class 1A high jump after clearing 6-0.


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