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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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