Staying alive: Chase, Snodgrass to return to state finals



Over the past four years, Brownstown Central and Seymour have boasted two of the fastest runners in the state.

One has dominated long distances, while the other has stunned in the sprints.

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In the girls’ final regional races, the seniors showed once again why they’ve racked up the accolades in their high school track and field careers.

Seymour’s Ashton Chase and Brownstown Central’s Brooklyn Snodgrass both re-punched tickets to the state finals Tuesday.

Chase was the runner-up in the 1,600 (5 minutes, 8.46 seconds) and 3,200 (11:26.08) and Snodgrass placed third in the 100 (12.85) at Bloomington High School North.

Top three placers in each event qualified for the state, which will be June 1 at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Chase, who won both the 1,600 and 3,200 in the sectional last week, is returning to state in the mile for a third straight year and will make her first appearance in the two-mile. Bloomington North’s Bea Cakmak was the winner of the 1,600 (5:07.47), and Edgewood’s Annalyssa Crain won the 3,200 (10:55.06).

Chase also went to state in the 4×800 relay last year.

“I’m just happy to be advancing on. It feels amazing,” Chase said. “The best of the best go to state for a reason. The top runners and teams will be there, and I get to represent Seymour.”

Snodgrass will make a fourth straight trip to state in the 100. Only two other female track and field athletes — Kassie Kovert and Winter Holman — have advanced to state each year of their career at BCHS.

The fourth-place finisher was one one-hundredth of a second behind Snodgrass. Jeffersonville’s Aa’Leiah Winford was the winner in 12.36.

“I was so happy. I knew it was going to be a really tough race,” Snodgrass said. “There were so many great runners here this year. I looked over as soon as I crossed and saw a girl crossing in the eighth lane about the same time as me. I was just waiting for the times to come up.

“I still can’t believe it. I know I’ve accomplished a lot, but stepping back and looking at it…I can’t believe I did it.”

Fifty high schools feeding in from five sectionals were represented at the regional.

Bloomington North placed first of 30 teams that scored with 112 points, Bloomington South was second (83.50) and Jeffersonville placed third (50). South had won 13 straight regional titles going into the competition. Seymour was seventh with 27 points, and Brownstown Central finished 13th with 17 points.

Snodgrass also set a personal record in the pole vault at 9 feet, 6 inches, to place fifth. The Owls’ Avery DeHart finished eighth in the event at 9 feet.

Lara Skaggs scored points for the Owls in the 100 hurdles (14th, 17.68) and long jump (sixth, 16-6).

Hayley Harpe placed 13th (1:04.72) in the 400, Kaleigh Maschino was 14th in the 100 (13.44) and Makenna Sunbury was fifth in the 3,200 (11:43.82) for Seymour.

Brownstown’s Ashley Schroer placed fifth in the shot put (38-9) and eighth (107-7) in the discus. Teammate Avery Koch tossed 108-2 in the discus for seventh, and the Braves’ Kaelyn Johnson was 13th in the two-mile in 12:43.17.

Crothersville freshman Kaylyn Holman took sixth in the 1,600 (5:36) and 13th in the 800 (2:36.35). The Tigers’ Kennadi Lakins competed in the high jump but did not place.

Seymour was sixth in the 4×800 relay (10:27.95) and 11th in the 4×100 (53.21). Brownstown finished 16th in the 400 relay in 1:04.72.

The night concluded with the Owls placing 16th in the 4×400 relay with a time of 4:47.43.

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