Lyssi Snouffer of the Delaware Christian School girls track and field team just missed achieving her goal in the high jump during the Division III state meet held May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
The junior three-sport standout for the Eagles cleared 5 feet, 7 inches to place second behind Springfield Catholic Central's Mallory Mullen, who also cleared 5-7 and won the tiebreaker by clearing 5-6.
Snouffer missed her first attempt at 5-6 before moving on to 5-7. After clearing 5-7, she missed all three of her attempts to clear 5-8.
"I hit (the bar at 5-6) with my ankle after I had it cleared," said Snouffer, who also was state runner-up last season (5-6) after placing third (5-7) as a freshman. "It obviously was a bummer because I'm a competitor and want to win, but I did my best. (The tiebreaker) came down to a technicality. To jump 5-7 in the state meet is nothing to be ashamed of. I'm really happy for (Mullen). I always talk to the other girls and she seems to be a very nice girl. I can't wait for us to get here and do it again next year."
Snouffer also competed at state for the first time in the long jump, leaping a personal-best 18-1 to finish third behind Leipsic's Carlee Siefker (18-5) and West Lafayette Ridgewood's Alexis Prater (18-4).
"I was thrilled with that because I just started the long jump last year," Snouffer said. "I'm already excited about next season."
Snouffer met with college coaches and scouts after competing at state. She had conversations with representatives from Ohio State, Princeton, Akron, Army and Navy, among others, but committed to Cedarville days after the meet.
"I'm honored that so many Division I colleges are interested in me, but I want to continue to play volleyball and compete in jumps in college," she said. "I think Cedarville is the best fit for me, where I can grow academically, athletically and spiritually."
Snouffer, who was named first-team all-state in volleyball last fall and girls basketball last winter, advanced to state by winning titles in the high jump (5-7) and long jump (17-2 1/2) in the regional meet held May 22 and 24 at Fairfield Union.
Also at regional, Snouffer placed eighth in the 400 meters (1 minute, 1.29 seconds) and 11th in the 200 (27.39), becoming the first athlete for the girls or boys programs to compete at regional in a running event.
The girls team also was represented at regional by sophomore Erin Bauslaugh, who finished 12th in the long jump (15-3 3/4).
Snouffer also won high jump and long jump titles in the district 1 meet that concluded May 18 at Watkins Memorial and MOCAL titles in both events in the league meet May 7 at Worthington Christian. She also won league titles in the 200 and 400.
In addition to Snouffer and Bauslaugh, eligible to return are junior Abbi Maurer (throws), sophomore Niki Snedden (hurdles) and freshmen Cami Dellipoala (distance) and Abby McKee (distance).
The boys team's season ended at the district 1 meet, as it had no regional qualifiers. Junior Temirlan Snedden had the Eagles' highest finish at district, placing ninth in the 1,600 (5:13.21).
Also eligible to return are junior Pryce Johnson (shot put, sprints), sophomores Ben Chesnes (throws), Trent Gregory (throws), Ben Otto (distance) and Nathan Stewart (long jump, sprints) and freshman Evan Hobbs (long jump, sprints).