EAST PALESTINE - After a decorated high school track career, East Palestine senior high jumper Chloe Snyder will take her ablilites just up the road to Youngstown State University next fall.
Snyder will recieve a partial scholarship from YSU, contingent on her performance this spring at East Palestine.
"It's a huge thrill to be going to Youngstown State," Snyder said. "I can't wait to high jump at the college level."
Once on campus, Snyder will compete for head coach Brian Gorby, who is entering his 23rd year with the program. From 2004-2006 Gorby directed the Penguins to five out of a possible six Horizon League Championships.
The Penguins train at the new Watson and Tressel training site, which served as host to the 2012 Indoor Horizon League Championships.
Snyder has made a handful of visits to campus, and came away very impressed.
"The facilities and the coaching staff up there are incredible," Snyder said. "I can't wait to get started."
First though, Snyder will concentrate on finishing her Bulldog career on a strong note. She will be trying to add to a stocked resume that includes the school high jump record, and a district title in the high jump her sophomore year. In all, Snyder, has collected seven career first place finishes in the high jump, including a pair of ITCL championships and three straight Coulumbiana County titles.
"This is my last year, so I'm dreaming big," said Snyder. "I have my sights set on state."
While the high jump is her main event, Snyder has also competed in the long jump and 400 relay for the Bulldogs.
"Chloe is an extremely hard worker, and is very talented at whatever she sets her mind to" coach John Stephens said. "Not only does she work to improve herself, but she is out at practice everyday looking for ways to help the younger girls get better. She has been a tremendous asset to this program as a mentor."