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Jun 12, 2018 1:15 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hurricanes Barr-Forget, Lasso Compete At New York State Track And Field Championships

Westhampton Beach senior Laurence Barr-Forget competed in the pole vault at the state meet this past weekend. LIA GARNES
Jun 12, 2018 1:15 PM

The specifics of pole vaulting can be a bit confusing. There’s a unique science to the sport that can effect it in a number of ways, from the weather to the size of the pole.

Westhampton Beach senior Laurence Barr-Forget did what he could to try and adapt to those changes but came up a bit short at the New York State Track and Field Championships at Cicero/North Syracuse High School this past weekend. After having cleared 14 feet 8 inches at the state qualifier on June 8, Barr-Forget, using a different, larger pole to try to clear 15 feet, topped off at 14 feet, which placed him ninth in Division I, 14th overall.

“In order to reach what he wanted to reach, he had to get on a bigger pole,” Westhampton Beach head coach Jim Ford said. “He just was not holding on long enough to get to the apex. He was trying to go over and turn before he got there.

“He’s disappointed [but] we’re going to work on that this week,” he added.

Barr-Forget and a number of other Hurricane athletes, will be making the trip to Greensboro, North Carolina, for New Balance Outdoor Nationals, which are June 15-17. Juan Lasso is one of those athletes. He competed upstate as well, and finished the 800-meter race in 1:57.69, which placed him 14th in Division I, 23rd overall.

Ford thought Lasso may have put a little too much thought into his race this past weekend.

“It was his first time running in [the state meet] and I think he thought that if he was fractions of a second slower at the beginning, he would have more at the end,” he explained. “But by the end, he had to run to catch up to the pack and he had nothing left to be able to catch them. That’s something you can’t really try and do in that caliber of a race.

“He’s a pretty smart runner, though, and I’m glad he made it there,” Ford continued. “He wasn’t crushed by it, I just think he was surprised how fast everyone was. He’ll be back next year and I think he’ll be a little more on his game.”

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