Seniors finish strong at girls track and field state meet

BLOOMINGTON

Standing an inch short of 5 feet, Brooklyn Snodgrass might not look like the typical state finalist in the 100-meter dash.

Appearances are definitely deceiving when it comes to the Brownstown Central senior, who on Saturday made her fourth consecutive trip to Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.

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Snodgrass closed her high school career with the 23rd-fastest time in her event, finishing her heat in 12.70 seconds. Previous trips to the state meet had resulted in placings of 24th (freshman), 21st (sophomore) and 23rd (junior).

“This is my last race. I just came out here to have fun. It wasn’t really the time that I wanted, but I’m OK with it,” said Snodgrass, who holds school records in both the 100 (12.47) and 200 (26.67). “We have a great support system with our coaches, teammates and fans. I’ve just had a great four years at Brownstown and feel really blessed to be able to come here for four years.”

Snodgrass is most likely done with track. She is going to major in exercise science at the University of Indianapolis.

Seymour senior Ashton Chase, a future cross-country and track athlete at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, made her third straight state meet, narrowly missing the awards podium after placing 12th in the 1,600-meter run.

Chase ran a time of 5:05.65, then returned for the 3,200-meter run, where she finished 16th in 11:18.96. Both were school-record marks.

“I think my rank was 14th, so I was pretty pleased getting 12th. I got the school record, too. The record was a 5:06, so I’m pretty happy with that,” Chase said following the 1,600. “I’m just happy I ended my career here, finishing out strong. I have a lot of support from my family and friends. I’m very blessed to be here.”