Snook heads to CIF State Meet

Cross country runner will represent Zebras in Fresno
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Lincoln High sophomore Shannon Snook can’t wait for Saturday’s CIF State Meet at Woodward Park in Fresno. “This is beyond my expectations,” said Snook, who will be Lincoln’s sole representative at the cross country championships. “I was just hoping not to get another injury this year – last year I had a (knee) injury.” She has been healthy all season. “I started running earlier this year and I felt better about myself right when the first practice started,” Snook said. She says she is not nervous yet. “Right now I’m not anything,” Snook said on Monday. “I’m never nervous until right before the race starts and then I feel really good when I’m done.” Snook doesn’t plan on changing her normal strategy on Saturday. “I will do what I usually do,” she said. “Start out not right out in front. Normally my first mile is like 6:25 and then I go from there and get faster as I go and (pass) people as I go. That is what my strategy has been. “It’s weird because my first mile is the fastest mile but as the race goes on I start passing people. At the end, even though my third mile is not the fastest, it’s the strongest.” Snook’s parents, two sisters and at least three teammates (Heather Felt, Jennifer and Samantha Keck) will be there in Fresno to cheer her on. “I never thought I would make it to state and it just kind of hit me,” Snook said. “Even at subsections I didn’t think I’d make it (to sections). I totally surprised myself.”