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Boys track: Hanson takes 13th for Tigers in state high jump

Farmington senior Sam Hanson clears the bar during Saturday's Class 2A State high jump finals. Hanson finished 13th with a jump of 6 feet, 2 inches.

Sam Hanson's top two goals were accomplished before he even arrived at the Class 2A State Meet.

The senior had already set a new school record during the regular season with a high jump of 6 feet, 7 inches, and qualified for state. Once at Hamline University Saturday morning, however, Hanson focused his attention in on a new goal: clearing the bar at 6-4, which he figured would put him in the running for a top-eight finish and a spot on the podium.

And he got oh, so close. Hanson easily cleared the bar at 6-0 and 6-2 before barely catching the bar with his heel in his first two attempts at 6-4. He hit the bar again on his final jump, leaving him with a 13th-place finish in his final meet.

"I barely nicked it with my foot. I was almost off the matt and the bar was still on and it ended up falling," Hanson said of his second attempt at clearing 6-4. "I wish I could have gotten 6-4 and had a shot at getting fifth, but I was still happy to reach my goal of making it to state, so I'm happy."

Senior Trevor Yedoni of Benilde-St. Margaret's emerged from the strong field of jumpers to win with a leap of 6-10. Frank Veldman of Eastview was second at 6-7 and two others reached 6-6.

Hanson will attend North Dakota State University in the fall and is still deciding if he will try competing for the Bison track team.

Matt Steichen

Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.

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