High School Sports

Girls' Class A state track: Danville's Snapp wins 9th state title; Sayre's Patterson takes 3,200

Fairview's Morgan McIntyre won her third state Class A pole vault championship Thursday with a vault of 9 feet, 6 inches.
Fairview's Morgan McIntyre won her third state Class A pole vault championship Thursday with a vault of 9 feet, 6 inches. Herald-Leader

LOUISVILLE — For Kaitlin Snapp, eight was not enough.

For Maddox Patterson, one will do for now.

Snapp and Patterson were among the winners Thursday in the girls' high school Class A State Track and Field Meet at the University of Louisville.

Snapp, a Danville senior who will run for Elon next year, won the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 19 seconds for her ninth career state title.

Leading from start to finish, Snapp had to hold on as St. Henry's Ashley Svec and Sayre freshman Philippine Couturier charged.

The plan, Snapp said, was to go out in 71 or 72 seconds for 400 meters, run easy to the 800 mark, pick it up on the third lap and bring it home.

"Didn't work out that way," she said. "I went out fine. My second lap was too slow. My third lap ... I think it was slow. Then, my fourth lap, I was just trying to hang on. They were getting me. I was just gutsing it out."

Couturier caught Svec at the line, finishing in a dead heat for second in 5:21.

"It really feels so awesome," Couturier said. "I have an amazing coach (Scott Geisinger) who gave me the best pep talk before the race. I was not nervous. I just went out there and ran. I feel awesome."

Snapp's win was her fourth in the 1,600 and third in a row. She also won the 3,200 as an eighth-grader and sophomore, and cross country titles in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades.

Patterson, a Sayre freshman who has won the past three State cross country crowns, opted out of the 1,600 in order to focus on the 3,200.

The move worked as she claimed her first track title in 11:17.69. Eastern Kentucky freshman Ann Eason, who won the event for Sayre last year, was among the first to congratulate Patterson.

"Just to try to run even splits both miles, and I guess it worked out pretty well," Patterson said of her strategy. "The time wasn't as fast as I would have liked, but that's OK. The win is good enough for me."

Northern Kentucky schools swept the top three team spots. St. Henry edged defending champion Newport Central Catholic 981/2-93, followed by Bishop Brossart with 47.

Svec helped St. Henry to its lone first place, anchoring the 4-by-800 relay. In addition to the 1,600, she was runner-up in the 800 and 3,200.

In the 800, Svec finished behind Model junior Hannah Nnoromele (2:21.97) and just ahead of Snapp.

"Well, I really didn't have a plan," said Nnoromele, who burst to the front and passed the halfway mark in 64 seconds. "I'm kind of known for going out the first lap a little bit too fast, but I just stuck with it and made it to the end."

Snapp, about four seconds back at the 400, cut the margin to less than two seconds at the end. The last straightaway was, Nnoromele said, "the toughest. I didn't know how far she was behind me, so it was just about 'how bad do I want to win?' And then I managed to make it to the finish line."

NewCath defended titles in the 4-by-200 and 4-by-400 relays. Other repeat winners were Fairview's Morgan McIntyre in the pole vault and Mayfield's Asha Powell in the 200.

Bishop Brossart posted the lone meet record, covering the 4-by-100 relay in 50.09.

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