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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Taylor Snaer, East Union track & field
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Taylor Snaer

Arguably the greatest all-around female athlete to ever come out of East Union took her final bow last week in the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.

Snaer missed her graduation ceremony to make a repeat appearance in the state meet, this time in the 200-meter dash. She previously qualified as a junior in the 400, finishing in 13th place in the prelims.

Last Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Snaer clocked the 13th fastest time in the 200 prelims. Although she missed a spot in the final, Snaer broke her own school record in 24.72 seconds.

It’s a remarkable feat considering Snaer may not have been in top form. Bothered by a sore back, she was limited in training for much of the season and did not compete in Valley Oak League meets until the finale. Snaer still managed to turn in one of the best 100 times of the season in the Sac-Joaquin Section, blazing to an 11.98-second time in the Jaguar Invitational in mid-March. She went on to place second in both the 100 and 200 during the SJS Division III meet. She opted to focus on the 200 in the SJS Masters Championships, taking third for another state berth.

Snaer also starred on the Lancers’ girls basketball team, which has won three straight Valley Oak League championships and made two consecutive NorCal appearances. Snaer is a two-time league MVP.