The two talked junior Cory Peoples into returning in the shot put after not participating last year. The trio put on a show all season.
As the season progressed, the talk of having all three qualify for state began to take flight. It was a goal. It became a reality Friday in the 4A regional in Baldwin City.
Ferguson won the event with Jensen taking third and Peoples, fourth.
“I don’t know If I have ever done that in 26 years of coaching,” Ottawa throwers coach Evan Shaffer said. “That is tough to do with 16 teams at regional. That is pretty impressive.”
Ferguson won his first regional title with a toss of 61 feet, 4.5 inches. Jensen finished with a personal-best 54-7.5. Peoples came in at 51-5.
“Mickey had his best throw,” Shaffer said. “Kord and Cory were out there where they normally are. That is a good day.”
Jensen knows how special a feat it is.
A lot went into it. First Peoples had to be convinced to try shot put again.
“Cory is a natural athlete,” Ferguson said. “With his family [background], I knew he had it in him. We are all good for each other.”
Shaffer said the three feed off each other.
“Kord and Mickey had a lot to do with that ... getting him out,” Shaffer said. “Those two helped keep him focused.”
Not many schools have more than one 50-foot shot putter.
“To have three over 50 is really unusual,” Shaffer said. “Having three over 52 is a big deal.”
This has been a special week for Jensen, who graduated from OHS, signed with Kansas and qualified for state for the first time.
“Since he went to the glide, his technique has gotten better,” Shaffer said. “He had one that looked really good and that is the one he popped.”
Ferguson and Jensen then went first and third in the discus with personal bests. Ferguson broke his own school record with a toss of 199-1. Jensen had a toss of 160-1.
• Senior Dallas Natt returns to state in the triple jump and long jump. He won the triple jump at 46-5.75. He was runner-up in the long jump (21-2).
• Junior Brandin Bell was second in the javelin at 153-0 and junior Dalton Weidl, third, at 150-0.
• Junior Aaron Miller was second in the 400 with a personal-best 50.48. He was third in the 200 (23.16).
• Senior Tyra Lyday heads to state after a third-place finish in the high jump (5-2). She also was third in the 400 at 1:00.85.
• Senior Erica Doty returns to state by taking third in the 800 (2:28).
• Sophomore Sam White was fifth in the 1,600 (4:55).
• Freshman Brynn Ferguson was sixth in the long jump at 15-8.
• Freshman Josh Christian was sixth in the 3,200 (10:42).