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Switching sports launches UNK runner Wes Ferguson’s career – Kearney Hub

KEARNEY – He’s just a redshirt sophomore, but Wes Ferguson is already establishing himself as one of the top middle distance runners in University of Nebraska at Kearney history.

His name appears next to five individual and relay records, and he’s making his third trip to the NCAA Division II Championships this weekend.

Not bad for someone who’s only been running track for five years.

Ferguson’s first love was actually golf.

“It’s probably still my favorite sport,” he admits.

At Fremont High School, he competed on the course as a freshman and sophomore before the track and cross country coaches suggested he make a change.

“I didn’t get pressured into it. It was 100% my decision, but everyone around me was saying, ‘Hey, this is definitely for the best.’ So I just trusted them and went with it,” Ferguson explained.

“And I should probably thank them now,” he added with a laugh. “I definitely don’t regret it.”

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Ferguson made an immediate impact for the Fremont track and field team, winning the Class A state title in the 800-meter run as a junior and senior. He also won gold in the 400-meter dash and 1,600-meter relay in 2019 and twice finished second in the 4×800-meter relay.

For the record, he’s a pretty good golfer, too. Ferguson continues to play each summer with his father Tim, shooting a season-best 1-over 72 at Fremont Golf Club last year.

“They always told me I can golf for the rest of my life, which is true,” he said.

Right now, the UNK standout is focused on improving an already impressive collegiate track career.

Ferguson knew he was “pretty good” coming out of high school, but even he’s been surprised by the level of success he’s achieved as a Loper.

“I definitely didn’t expect this much improvement,” he said, crediting personal maturation and strong teammates for the jump.

After redshirting for the 2019-20 indoor season, followed by an outdoor season canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ferguson was ready to shine. He won the 800 during his first UNK competition, then set the school record at the next meet.

Ferguson claimed the first of three MIAA titles that season and qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. His time of 1 minute, 51.06 seconds was good for seventh place at the national event, making him the fifth Loper man to earn All-American honors in the 800.

He’s been even better this year.

In January, Ferguson broke the NCAA Division II record at 1,000 meters, turning in a time of 2:23.8 at the Nebraska Graduate Classic in Lincoln. That performance earned him Division II men’s national athlete of the week honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. No other Loper has received this award.

Ferguson broke his own school record in the indoor 800 two times in the following month and teamed up with Seth Simonson, Micah Swedberg and Luke Stuckey to set UNK’s new all-time mark in the distance medley relay (9:41.05).

At the MIAA Indoor Championships, he ran a personal-best 1:49.47 to win the 800 title and was part of the 4…….

Source: https://kearneyhub.com/sports/college/unk/switching-sports-launches-unk-runner-wes-ferguson-s-career/article_d939e46e-dd0f-11ec-909d-375a2dc96d8f.html

TYLER ELLYSON, UNK Communications

KEARNEY – He’s just a redshirt sophomore, but Wes Ferguson is already establishing himself as one of the top middle distance runners in University of Nebraska at Kearney history.

His name appears next to five individual and relay records, and he’s making his third trip to the NCAA Division II Championships this weekend.

Not bad for someone who’s only been running track for five years.

Ferguson’s first love was actually golf.

“It’s probably still my favorite sport,” he admits.

At Fremont High School, he competed on the course as a freshman and sophomore before the tr…….

TYLER ELLYSON, UNK Communications

KEARNEY – He’s just a redshirt sophomore, but Wes Ferguson is already establishing himself as one of the top middle distance runners in University of Nebraska at Kearney history.

His name appears next to five individual and relay records, and he’s making his third trip to the NCAA Division II Championships this weekend.

Not bad for someone who’s only been running track for five years.

Ferguson’s first love was actually golf.

“It’s probably still my favorite sport,” he admits.

At Fremont High School, he competed on the course as a freshman and sophomore before the tr…….

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