Division II state track: Devin Snowden, two Eastwood relays advance to finals (6-7-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Friday, 07 June 2013 20:34
Eastwood's Devin Snowden, left, crosses the finish line to edge Elida's Quentin Poling in the boys 1,600 meter relay on Friday. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
COLUMBUS — Eastwood’s boys are in position for an impressive finish in the Division II state track and field meet.
The Eagles advanced to Saturday’s finals in three of their four events during Friday’s semifinals at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium. PHOTO GALLERY
Qualifying for the finals were sophomore Devin Snowden in the 300 hurdles, and the 1,600 and 400 relay teams.
Snowden won his semifinal in 38.73 and posted the second-fastest time of the nine finalists.
The 1,600 relay team of juniors Gabe Fredericks and Joey Salinas, senior Derek Snowden and Devin Snowden had the second-fastest semifinal time with a 3:22.37 clocking.
The 400 relay team of senior Isaiah Conkle, Devin Snowden, sophomore Brennan Seifert and junior Steve Bruning had a time of 43.65, the seventh-fastest of the finalists.
The top eight finishers in the finals receive All-Ohio honors and are recognized on the awards podium after their event.
“Today is about getting to the finals and then doing even better in the finals,” Devin Snowden said.
In the 1,600 relay, Devin Snowden won a duel down the stretch with Elida senior Quentin Poling, taking the lead just before the finish line and holding on to win by 27-hundreths of a second.
“I saw him look back, but I just kept going and gave it everything I’ve got,” Snowden said.
Eastwood’s time was the second-fastest of the finalists. Dayton Thurgood Marshall was the fastest at 3:20.93. The Eagles’ regional time of 3:20.91 was the second-fastest of the 16 state qualifiers and their best of the season.
“We knew it was going to be a tough race, so we knew we had to give it our all, no matter what happened,” Derek Snowden said. “Our time was good, but we can be better and we want to lower it in the finals.”
Devin Snowden posted his best time of the season in the 300 hurdles and the second-fastest of the finalists. The fastest time of 38.37 was run by Columbus Bishop Watterson junior Dominic Lombardi.
“I felt good and tried to run my best,” said Snowden, whose previous best of 38.86 came last week when he won a regional championship.
Snowden won his heat Friday when the leader hit the final hurdle and fell to the track.
“It would have been a close finish if he didn’t fall,” said Snowden, who was second and closing fast when the leader fell. “I don’t know if I would have won, but it would have been very close.”
The 400 relay team survived a bad first handoff to advance. The Eagles had the seventh-fastest time of the nine finalists. Orange was the fastest at 42.38.
The bad handoff was between leadoff runner Conkle and Devin Snowden.
Devin Snowden said the Eagles shortened Conkle’s steps in the exchange zone because Conkle’s ankle was sore.
“He was coming in faster than what I thought he would be,” Devin Snowden said. “I didn’t get out as hard as I normally do and he ran up on me a little bit.
“It was a big relief to get to the finals because of that handoff,” Devin Snowden added. “The times here so close, one bad handoff can cost you. I felt hit him miss and hit my arm a couple of times before I got the baton. Once I got it, I went as hard as I could to help get my team to the finals.”
The only disappointment for the Eagles came when Conkle failed to advance to the finals of the 100.
Conkle’s time of 11.10 was the 11th-fastest during the semifinals.
Eastwood also could receive an All-Ohio performance Saturday from sophomore Tim Hoodlebrink in the 800.
Hoodlebrink had the third-fastest regional time of the state qualifiers, and Rossford senior Ryan Clay had the fourth-fastest regional effort.
In the girls meet, Lake’s 400 relay team failed to advance to the finals.
The team of seniors Rebecca Boos and Ashley Timmons, sophomore Jordyn Taylor and junior Nicole Pennington had a time of 50.88. The time was the 12th-fastest during the semifinals.

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:44

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