Snyder and Shultz earn dual All-Ohio honors

DAYTON — Sometimes you just need to be reminded that it will be worth it. The soreness of a final workout and getting up when you’ve been knocked down are all elements of any sport.

That was the case for Rittman’s Luke Snyder Friday at the Division III OHSAA State Track and Field Championships.

After a tough 1,600-meter race, the sophomore harrier struggled to get it all together and get back on the Welcome Stadium track for the 3,200.

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“After my mile it was disappointing and it didn’t go the way I wanted it to,” Snyder said. “We talked about it, and we remembered that verse from James and I knew that I was just going through another trial in my life, and if I went through it, I would become a better athlete and a better person.

“I just came back wanting to run the best I could, and I feel like I did that and came back and ran well.”

The quote from the book of James: “Count it all joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness…” was more than enough to help Snyder to stay at the start. again.

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The result was a sixth-place finish in the 3,200, which, combined with his fifth-place finish earlier in the evening in the 1,600, added two more All-Ohio medals to the underclassman’s resume and highlighted a strong performance by area athletes in the small class. -school finals.

Despite falling back midway through the race, Snyder was able to work his way back into a placing position, gaining four places over the final three laps to finish in a time of 9:28.62.

“I’m glad I did it,” said Snyder, who ran a time of 4:16.82 in his 1,600 final. “I feel like I ran really well. I pushed that last 800 even though I had a feeling it was going to be one of the hardest things I’ve done so far, but it felt good.

Loudonville’s Tess Shultz also earned a pair of All-Ohio honors in the same two distance races. The junior placed fourth in the 1,600 in 5:00.82, nearly breaking the five-minute mark for the second week in a row, followed by a fifth-place run of 10:58.60 – a personal best for the second week in a row .

In both races, Shultz found herself boxed in, but she was able to work her way out and finish her season strong.

“I was in Lane 1 (for the 1,600), obviously not the most ideal situation, and I got blocked in the back half of the track,” she said. “Once I was able to get around it, I just looked to see where Kaitlyn (Carr) was and started chasing her. That helped me speed up and I was able to get the time I got.

A handful of other area athletes found their way to the podium, while Waynedale’s Jeremy Reber (5th place, 110 hurdles), Rittman’s Annabelle Snyder (7th, 800) and Dalton’s Sammy Tomlinson (8th, 100) all earned all-state honors .

For Reber, it was a career finale in a final season that saw the senior work his way back from re-aggravating an early-season hamstring injury a week before the postseason began his second consecutive All-Ohio finish in the event to be achieved – this one comes in. 15.25.

“When I started this, I was just ready to have fun,” he said. “I had no pressure on me. I’m just happy that I made it to the final, that was my first goal, and once I got in I thought, let’s have fun.

After helping the Rittman 4×8 relay to a second-place finish on Thursday, Annabelle Snyder was back on the track on Day 2, competing individually. The rookie fought hard to take the lead on the first lap and held on for a personal best of 2:17.46.

“It feels really great to be able to compete at such a high level so young,” Snyder said. “It was very tight and I didn’t expect it to be that busy, so I tried to get out and get on the podium.”

Tomlinson was able to shake off the disappointment on the opening day of the Bulldogs’ 4×2 relay, which fell one spot away from a spot in the finals.

The junior speedster responded with an 11.32 in the open 100 final to finish in eighth place overall.

“It’s just an honor to be here,” Tomlinson said. “I didn’t really have high expectations for this, but I made the best of it. No regrets. It’s just really nice to be here.

“I’m going to do a little more work in the offseason,” he added. “I have to have a little more confidence in myself, but I think we have to be with her again next year.”

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