Anyone who’s ever seen Delaware Christian freshman Lyssi Snouffer play volleyball knows she can jump.
Not that she had to prove it, but she did just that at Friday’s OHSAA State Track and Field Championships at OSU, finishing tied for third in the Division III girls high jump.
Snouffer and Swanton junior Julia Smith both cleared 5-07 to earn spots in the final four, but missed all three attempts at 5-08.
Only Maumee Valley Country Day School’s Emma Daugherty, the eventual state champ, and Worthington Christian’s Bridgette Rettstatt went higher. Daugherty cleared 5-09 on her first try to take the state title. Rettstatt cleared 5-08 on her first attempt, but couldn’t clear 5-09.
Snouffer wasn’t the only area standout to earn a spot on the podium, either. In Division I action, Orange’s boys 4×800 relay team (Tyler King, Tommy Heiden, Andrew Schroff and Tommy Wintering) finished seventh in its final thanks to an effort of 7:49.39.
Orange’s Jayden Rodgers all but assured a spot on the podium as well, but he’ll have to wait until today to see just how high he can get. The junior finished with the fastest preliminary time in the boys 110 hurdles, crossing the finish line in 14.01 seconds.
Orange also had a relay team qualify for today’s finals. The 4×200 boys foursome of Joel Sarpong, T.J. Coates, Kevin Acheampong and Zach Harrison finished eighth in preliminary action in 1:28.75.
Others who earned spots in today’s finals include Olentangy’s boys 4×400 relay team (Jeremy Kendle, Anthony Sasso, Joel Michael and Zach Balthaser), which finished eighth in 3:20.44; and Buckeye Valley’s Nina Hilt, who finished seventh in the Division II girls 100 hurdles with a time of 14.95 seconds.
The State Track and Field Championships will wrap up today. Division II running finals are set to start at 1 p.m., half the Division I field event finals start at Noon with the other half scheduled for 3 p.m. and the D-I running finals are slated to get underway at 4:30 p.m.
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