Eastwood seeks more success (06-05-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:23
Eastwood’s Isaiah Conkle, second from left, competes in the 100 during the regional meet. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
LUCKEY - Devin Snowden failed to qualify for the state high school track and field meet in the long jump, an event in which he was expected to challenge for the championship.
The Eastwood sophomore is using the disappointment as motivation in his other events.
It's paying off.
Snowden is headed to state in three events, the 300 hurdles, and the 400 and 1,600 relays.
And he'll see plenty of familiar faces this weekend at his sport's showcase event.
The Eagles had two other individual qualifiers and two relay teams qualify for the Division II competition at Ohio State University.
The other individual qualifiers were senior Zach Conkle in the 100 and sophomore Tim Hoodlebrink in the 800.
The 400 team consists of Conkle, Devin Snowden, sophomore Brennan Seifert and junior Steven Bruning.
Running the 1,600 relay are junior Joey Salinas, junior Gabe Fredericks, Derek Snowden and Devin Snowden.
The Eagles won the regional last weekend at Lexington High School with 55 points.
At the state meet in the 100, the 300 hurdles, and the relays, the top two finishers in each semifinal and the next five fastest times overall qualify for the finals on Saturday.
The top eight finishers in the finals earn All-Ohio honors and are recognized on the awards podium following the event.
"If we run our best and do the best we can, that's all we can ask for," Devin Snowden said. "Everything else will take care of itself. We're all focused on the same thing, going out and giving our best for the team."
Devin Snowden was a state qualifier in the long jump as a freshman last season, finishing 14th at 20-1‚Ñ4.
He returned to the regional last Thursday and finished sixth (20-61‚Ñ4), with only the top four advancing to state. He's normally a 22-foot jumper.
But he rebounded Saturday to win the 300 hurdles in 38.86 and helped the relays win their events. The 400 team won in 43.29 and the 1,600 team won in 3:20.91
"I was really disappointed with my long jump," Devin Snowden said. "Since I knew I didn't do well in that, I knew I had to come back more focused and more determined and use that as motivation in my other events.
"I knew I could do better and help out the team more. There was no doubt about Saturday and how I was going to come back. I knew I was going to come back strong and give it my all. The long jump lit a fire under me."
Of the 16 state qualifiers, Conkle and the 1,600 relay posted the second-fastest regional time, Devin Snowden tied for third, Hoodlebrink was third and the 400 relay was fifth.
Hoodlebrink was second in his event at the regional in 1:54.33, losing to the defending state champion in the final 15 meters.
The Lexington regional often is the toughest of the four state-wide, and athletes who qualify from there, frequently do well at state.
"If we bring what did at the regional to the state meet, we'll do well," Derek Snowden said. "A lot of the competition is the same, so we know we can do well."
Most of Eastwood's state qualifiers have been to state either as qualifiers or as spectators watching their teammates compete.
Conkle was ninth in the 100 last season, and returns with Seifert on the 400 relay team that finished eighth.
"Being there gives you a feel for what's there, the pressure, the atmosphere," Derek Snowden said. "It helps you relax."
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 09:23

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