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Ferguson sets steeplechase record again

Others have tried, but no one has caught Saratoga's Lindsay Ferguson in the 2,000-meter steeplechase.

Ferguson won her third consecutive state and Fe-deration title in the steeplechase and bettered her own national record by a third of a second at last weekend's New York State High School Track and Field Championships at St. Lawrence University.

The cool, rainy weather last Saturday was the only factor that created a con-cern for Ferguson.

\The weather is definitely a factor, she said. "You want to be cautious " you don't want to push the pace."

Even though she was cautious, Ferguson was still on record pace when she entered the final lap. She pushed herself into a higher gear and crossed the finish line in a time of 6:36.05, more than five seconds ahead of runner-up Kara McKenna of Suffern.

It was Ferguson's last race for the Saratoga girls track and field team, but not her last high school race. She will try to set a new national high school record at this weekend's Nike Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.

"I think I can knock off a few more seconds, especially if there's good conditions," said Ferguson.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's Brittany Dexter also left last weekend's state meet with a championship medal around her neck. The senior won the Division I (large school) and Federation titles in the girls high jump by clearing 5 feet, 6 inches.

Dexter, New Rochelle's Carin Knight and Benjamin Cardozzo's Dalilah Muhammad all cleared 5-5, but Dex-ter was the lone jumper to clear the bar at 5-6.

Besides her victory in the high jump, Dexter finished fifth in the Division I 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.34 seconds and placed eighth in the Federation 100 hurdles with a time of 15.62 seconds.

Several more Saratoga County athletes had top-10 finishes at the state meet, including a third-place performance by the Saratoga 3,200-meter relay team. The quartet of Ferguson, Brianne Bellon, Ashley Campbell and Alysha McElroy finished with a time of 9:06.48, 3.17 seconds behind runner-up Suffern.

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