Alyssa Snyder sets school mark in Calif.
April 18, 2014
Park City High School junior Alyssa Snyder and senior Maddie Criscione ran at the Aracadia Invitational in California on April 11 and 12, each participating in the two-mile run.
Snyder, who recently set the PCHS Utah (high-altitude) two-mile record at a meet in St. George by notching a 10 minute, 41 second time, was even faster at the low-altitude California meet.
Though Alexa Efraimson from Camas, Wash., won the race with a time of 9:55.92, Snyder turned in an impressive 10:30.87 to take 17th place.
Park City coach Jeff Wyant said he’s not surprised Snyder was able to run the fastest time of her career.
"It’s the sixth-fastest time of any [female] Utah athlete," he said. "Right now, it puts her at 17th-fastest in the country this year."
Snyder was able to beat fellow Utah runner Lucy Biles from Herriman in the two-mile race. Biles, who won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter races at the St. George meet earlier this season, finished 19th, posting a time of 10:34.88.
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Biles did, however, have an outstanding performance in the 1,600, winning the event with a time of 4:50.68.
Snyder is also a strong one-mile runner, but didn’t participate in the 1,600 at Arcadia.
"She’s actually a little better at the two mile than the one mile right now," Wyant said. "She’s got a lot more to come down. She’s run a 4:57 at low altitude and a 4:59 in Utah."
Criscione, who has committed to run at Vanderbilt in the fall, also ran the two-mile race in California, finishing in 11:04.36. Though Criscione finished 30th, Wyant said he believes the best is yet to come for the senior.
"Maddie didn’t have a great meet," he said. "[11:04] would be a fantastic time for anyone else, but she’s not happy with it."
Criscione and Snyder both ran cross country in the fall, helping Park City win a 3A state title. The duo also became the first PCHS female runners to qualify for nationals, with Criscione running at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships and Snyder running at the Nike Cross Nationals.
Criscione and Snyder will run at a meet at Davis High School next weekend, and they’ll be joined by Sophie McDonald.
"Sophie was in ski season and now she’s back," Wyant said. "She’s run a couple of the smaller meets, but Davis will be her first big one."
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