ARDEN – Kevin Snyder came up clutch for Christ School track a lot of times and in a lot of ways.
The rising junior from Asheville was a state, conference and county champion in his best two events (the long jump and triple jump), with an assortment of shattered school records and awards to boot.
Snyder is the Citizen-Times All-WNC Boys Track Athlete of the Year.
“I think back on our state meet, and I think Kevin got his best marks on his first or second jump. That just deflates the competition,” Greenies coach Randy Ashley said.
“And he won both jumps at the (Carolinas Athletic Association) meet on his last jump. He just had a real knack for focusing on his technique and how to handle competition. And that’s what we try to teach. What you practice is what you should implement on game day. When you get to a meet, you shouldn’t be overwhelmed, and he wasn’t.”
Snyder was the most valuable field-events performer at the March 29 Buncombe County meet, and he was just getting warmed up.
He went on to set school records for the long jump (23-1.75) and triple jump (46-0) as well as the 100-meter dash (10.89). His personal-record performance in the long jump at the state meet is a NCISAA 3-A record. Snyder placed in the top-five of two sprints as well – third in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200.
Athletes are allowed to enter a maximum of four events in high school track events. Ashley said that the Greenies only extended Snyder that much about three or four times.
“He was definitely a high-flyer with scoring points in those meets,” Ashley said.
“There are certain meets where you want the team to do well. But for the most part, with someone like Kevin, we want to get the individual better.”