Sophomore Lyssi Snouffer of the Delaware Christian School girls track and field team said she gained the validation she was seeking at the Division III regional meet held May 23 and 25 at Fairfield Christian.
Snouffer won the regional title in the high jump in 5 feet, 6 inches to return to the state meet, where she competed June 1 at Ohio State.
"I entered last season with my best (height) being (5-0), but won the regional at 5-7 and also went 5-7 at state (to finish third)," Snouffer said. "But I haven't gone past that this year, so I didn't know if it was a fluke or not.
"Just getting back to state again gives me more confidence and relaxes me somewhat. I think my form has improved a lot, but I haven't seen a lot of gains in terms of height."
The state meet marked the first time this season that Snouffer concentrated solely on the high jump. She finished seventh in the long jump (15-11 1/2) at regional to complete her first full season in that event.
The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to state.
"My coaches told me that if I could high jump, it wouldn't be a hard transition to add long jump," said Snouffer, one of five athletes on the girls team. "It's pretty cool that I qualified in both events to regional. Unfortunately, I had a rough day in the high jump at regional after going 16-8 at district (to finish first), but I enjoyed it and I can't wait to see how I do next year with more work and attention to form."
Snouffer was joined at regional by freshman Erin Bauslaugh, who finished 10th in the long jump (15-8).
The two combined to score 12 points for the Eagles, who finished 19th behind champion Mount Gilead (62) as 50 teams scored.
"Erin was the only freshman (among the 16 participants) in the long jump at regional," Snouffer said. "I'm so proud of her. She's a friend and a great teammate, not only in track, but in volleyball and basketball, too."
None of the four members of the boys team competed at regional.