All systems are go for Snedeker

All systems are go for Snedeker

CHRISMAN — Hearing Quinci Snedeker discuss a recent obstacle to her track and field career, one wouldn't have any idea it affects more than just her performance for the Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman girls'.

"I kind of crashed at a race," the Cardinal student said. "Had a couple heart issues from what my watch has been tracking."

Heart issues, as a high school senior in peak physical form?"I had to get a heart monitor on," Snedeker continued. "It's not that big of a deal. Just kind of inconvenient."

Not problematic enough to stop Snedeker from returning to the Class 1A state meet, which kicks off with Thursday's preliminaries in Charleston.

She clocked a time of 1 minute, 2.29 seconds in the 400-meter dash of the 1A St. Joseph-Ogden Sectional last Friday, finishing second behind Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin junior Sierra Bryant but collecting the 19th-best time in the small-school state field.

Snedeker will get a little extra competitive work in before making the trip to Eastern Illinois, participating in today's News-Gazette Honor Roll Meet at Urbana.

But back to Snedeker's well-being.

She said she still isn't sure whether her stumble in a showcase last month had anything to do with a sudden drop in her heart rate.

"It's actually never been an issue before," Snedeker said. "My heart rate fell below like 40. Sometimes, when I'm sleeping, it'll be at like 36."

Citing the Heart Rhythm Society, states a resting heart rate between 30 and 40 isn't too unusual for "a young, healthy athlete." Given, however, that Snedeker never experienced anything like this until very recently, she wasn't going to let it go unchecked.

Even so, Snedeker still is free to race for the Buffaloes-Cardinals cooperative. She'll be representing both schools for the second time at state this week.

"Throughout the years and history at CHS, running is a big and integral part of who we are," Snedeker said. "It kind of gets looked over. It'd be cool to be a modern representative."

Snedeker entered the prep ranks believing she'd never toe the line for anything longer than 200 meters. Former coach Nathan West changed her mind.

"My coach said, 'You're not a sprinter. You're a middle distance kid.' He calls us mid-kids," Snedeker said. "(West said) we're going to try you out in the 800. My first time at sectionals freshman year, I missed state by two seconds. It was crazy because I hadn't been training for it."

She certainly is now. Snedeker admits she always was passionate about running "but never really put much effort into it" until she broke into middle distances.

The end result is Snedeker snagging a spot on the University of Memphis track and field squad, signing with the Tigers earlier this year.

"Memphis got in contact with me in November or December and really piqued my interest," Snedeker said. "I had dinner with my (future Memphis) teammates, and they were all very nice. It felt like a family to me. It felt like my Georgetown team."

Ascending to such a big stage meant Snedeker had to make a sacrifice for her final campaign with G-RF/C. Although she advanced to the 2018 state meet in the triple jump, she cut that event from her schedule to limit her chances of injury.

So it's all systems go toward the 400 dash as Snedeker aims to improve upon a 23rd-place effort from her previous one-lap state jaunt.

"We don't have many athletes that go (to state) during the year," Snedeker said. "It would just be really special to represent one last time before I head off, leave behind something."

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman's Quinci Snedeker will vie for the girls' 400-meter title at tonight's News-Gazette Honor Roll Meet in Urbana. A look at the reigning female champions:

100 — Mattie Lieb, Monticello (12.53)

200 — Mattie Lieb, Monticello (25.77)

400 — Delanie Dykes, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (59.04)

800 — Jessica Franklin, Mahomet-Seymour (2:15.83)

1,600 — Libby Cultra, Urbana (5:17.12)

3,200— Riley Millsap, Unity (13:20.88)

100 hurdles — Emelia Ness, Monticello (14.81)

300 hurdles — Kynzee Boastick, Urbana (45.53)

400 relay — Monticello's Emelia Ness, Mattie Lieb, Aliyah Welter and Sydney Buchanan (49.87)

800 relay — Urbana (1:44.76)

1,600 relay — Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman's Haley Chaney, Lindsey Franz, Quinci Snedeker and Aubrie Hinchman (4:18.29)

3,200 relay — Unity's Evelyn Atkins, Natalie King, Audrey Hancock and Kylie Decker (10:13.71)

High jump — DiamonAsia Taylor, Urbana (5 feet, 3 inches)

Pole vault — Aliyah Welter, Monticello (12-6)

Long jump — Ameia Wilson, Danville (19-4)

Triple jump — McKinlee Miller, Tuscola (35-5 1 / 2)

Shot put — Elizabeth Bowns, Blue Ridge (37-9 1 / 4)

Discus — Rachyl Anderson, Salt Fork (146-9)