Boys track: Hanson takes 13th for Tigers in state high jumpSam Hanson, Farmington's record-holder in the high jump, cleared 6-2 to take 13th at last week's Minnesota State Track and Field meet.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
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.