Division II boys state track: Clay 3rd, Hoodlebrink 4th in 800 (6-8-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Saturday, 08 June 2013 23:25
Rossford's Ryan Clay, left, and Eastwood's Tim Hoodlebrink, far right, at the finish of the 800. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
COLUMBUS — Rossford senior Ryan Clay and Eastwood sophomore Tim Hoodlebrink worked out together in preparation for Saturday’s 800 final.
Their practice paid off.
Clay finished third and Hoodlebrink was fourth during the Division II boys state high school track and field meet.
Clay had a time of 1:54.64 and Hoodlebrink finished in 1:55.09 to claim All-Ohio honors at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium.  MEET RESULTS PHOTO GALLERY
The top eight finishers in each event received the All-Ohio honors and were recognized on the awards podium.
Eastwood had three other All-Ohio performances during the meet.
The 1,600 relay team was fourth, the 400 relay team was sixth and Devin Snowden was seventh in the 300 hurdles.
Versailles senior Sam Prakel won the 800 in 1:52.32, about 55 minutes after winning the 1,600. Hillsboro senior Jarrod Hart was second in the 800 in 1:54.11.
“I’m definitely pleased,” said Clay, who was 13th at state last season. “I finished strong and that’s what I wanted, and it got me on the podium.”
“It feels good to be on the podium,” Hoodlebrink said.
Clay and Hoodlebrink worked out together at Eastwood last week.
The two competed in a meet about half a dozen times this season, most recently June 1 at the Lexington High School regional where Hoodlebrink was second and Clay was third.
Clay had a personal-best time at state, beating his regional time of 1:54.92. Hoodlebrink almost had a personal-best, too. His best of 1:54.13 came at the regional.
“Working out together was great because we’d have been by ourselves otherwise,” Clay said. “It was good to get on the track with him and work together to us get ready for state. The last two weekends have been high quality races. We did a really fast workout, so that got us ready for today. It’s great both of us did well.”
Hoodlebrink led the first lap before he was passed heading into the second turn on Lap 2.
“I usually like to lead the first lap and then stay with the people when they try to pass me and go from there,” Hoodlebrink said. “(Prakel) had a nice kick and I tried to stay with the leaders, but it didn’t work out. They were fast.”
Clay was pleased with his performance.
“The plan was to go out a little bit faster than normal because I knew to bring my time down, I had to go out faster on that first lap,” Clay said. “I pushed that backstretch and kept myself in it and I was able to finish strong.”
Eastwood’s 1,600 relay team of juniors Gabe Fredericks and Joey Salinas, senior Derek Snowden and sophomore Devin Snowden had a time of 3:21.63.
Dayton Thurgood Marshall won in 3:19.55.
“Our goal was to win,” Fredericks said. “But we’re still on the podium and we’re happy about that.”
The 1,600 relay is the final event and it was Devin Snowden’s third race in about 90 minutes. He also ran on the 400 relay team. Saturday was one of the warmest days of the season.
“I wanted to help the team no matter what it took,” Devin Snowden said. “It’s great standing on the podium for all of them. I wanted to help the team any way I could.
Eastwood’s 400 relay team of senior Isaiah Conkle, Devin Snowden, sophomore Brennan Seifert and junior Steven Bruning had its best time of the season, a 43.23 clocking.
The team’s previous best, 43.65, came Friday in the semifinals.
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary won the race in 42.26.
“We’re happy,” Bruning said. “We had a fast time and we made the podium.”
“We hit our handoffs and everything came together,” Seifert said.
Devin Snowden had a time of 39.43 in the 300 hurdles after running 38.73 in the semifinals.
Snowden ran the 400 relay at 1:50 p.m. and was scheduled to run the 300 hurdles at 2:15 p.m. The awards for the 400 relay were just finishing at 2:08 when Snowden jumped off the podium to jog over to the 300 hurdles that finally started around 2:30.
The podium is on the front stretch, while the 300 hurdles start at the start of the backstretch.
“The podium is great, but I wanted to run better,” Devin Snowden said of the 300 hurdles.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 08:39

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