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Mantecan anchors winning 4x100 at World Masters

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In record time

Manteca resident Demitrius Snaer, from left, Thachvu Ho, Lyndell Pittman, Antwon Dussett combined to win the World Masters Athletics Championships 35-39 men’s 4x100 in record-breaking time Sunday a...

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POSTED July 20, 2011 12:27 a.m.

Demitrius Snaer went out with a bang.

After failing to place in the 35-39 men’s division 100- and 200-meter dashes, the 36-year-old Mantecan anchored the winning 4x100 relay team in the World Masters Athletics Championships at Sacramento State’s A.G. Spanos Sports Complex Sunday.

Snear was joined by Antwon Dussett, Thachvu Ho and Lyndell Pittman, and together they set a new record time of 41.89 seconds. A team from Great Britain held the old record (42.51) set in 2008.

“We thought we could do it, but we figured we would have to be pushed just to barely beat the record,” Snear said.

They weren’t pushed.

They didn’t need to be.

Ho ran impressively on the first turn, and Dussett gave the U.S. foursome a huge lead to work with by the time he handed the baton off to Pittman. Snear took it from there, and the runner-up German team didn’t cross the finish until 2.23 seconds later.

“We didn’t expect (to dominate), but everything just went right,” Snear said. “When they announced it we couldn’t believe it.”

Snear’s busy 10-day stretch began with the 100-meter prelims on Friday, July 8. He took second in his heat in 11.29 seconds and second again in 11.26 in the semifinals the following day.

In the final round, Snear finished one position shy of a bronze medal, checking in at fourth place in 11.13. He was edged out by Great Britain’s Jim Tipper (11.11), and France’s Samba Niangane won in 10.98.

Snear was disappointed in his effort despite being the top American finisher. Last year, he posted an impressive 10.89 time in winning the gold in the USA Track & Field Masters Championships.

“If you look at it positively, it’s fourth in the world and No. 1 in the nation,” Snear said. “To be honest, at the very start I was just happy to just compete, but the minute I didn’t win it got to me a little bit. I started thinking about the little things I could have done differently.”

There was no need for second guessing after running the 200 semis on July 12. Snear said he felt sore going into the race, and during he felt pain on his groin, causing him to easy up. He ended up turning in the ninth best time (23.35), and only the top eight in the two heats advance.

Snear has historically done his best work as part of a team. The Fresno State Hall of Famer was part of the school’s record-setting 4x100 relay team, which still holds the record today. Individually, his best 100 and 200 times remain in the top 10.

With the World Masters now over with, the 1993 East Union grad can get back to relaxing and enjoying his time with his family. Snear is also the head coach of Modesto Junior College’s cross country and men’s track and field programs.

“I ran six races in 10 days,” Snear said. “I didn’t run any other meets this year, but that was almost like running a whole season’s worth of meets in a short period of time. It was exhausting.

“Guys can still run fast when they get older, but they cannot recover like 20-year-old athletes. For me, I’m in ice baths and rubbing BENGAY and Flexall on my legs thinking, ‘How am I going to get up tomorrow?’”

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