CICERO — Halie Snyder was a favorite in two sprint events going into the New York State Track & Field Championships, and Friday she claimed one title and gave herself a chance at another.
The EKMW senior finished the girls’ 400 meters in 54.96 seconds to win the Division II championship at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
“I thought before it, ‘Just do your own race’, and then at the end is where I gave it my all,” Snyder said. “And I definitely felt it. It was hard.”
She made it look easy, finishing more than four tenths ahead of the second-place runner. Snyder also competed in the 100 dash preliminaries and ended her day by posting the third-fastest time (25.57) in the 200 preliminaries.
But she said the 400 is her best event, so winning was “the highlight of my day.”
Snyder, who was seeded first in Division II in both the 400 and the 200, will try to add another championship in today’s 200 finals. She also has a spot in the Federation 400, which will include the best of Division I and Division II runners.
She said her goal for that race is simple: “Just try to keep up with them.”
While Snyder was expected to contend in the 400, Plattsburgh High’s Brooke Knight pulled off a surprise in the long jump, placing third in Division II. The triple jump is usually her better of the jumping events, and she finished 10th there. Then she shined in the long jump. Seeded 14th, Knight turned in a leap of 18 feet, 3/4 inches, passing her previous personal best by more than eight inches.
“I was not expecting to do well,” she said. “I was so shocked.” She added that she had good speed on the runway and changed her takeoff for this meet.
Knight shared the podium with teammate and fellow senior Kaylia Carper, who grabbed fifth with a distance of 17-9.