Buford’s Snuffer signs with CIU

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By Robert Howey

BUFORD – Buford High School girls cross country and track star Christine Snuffer is moving on, heading to the next level at Columbia International University.

Snuffer, a standout in her sports and academics, made her choice official Friday afternoon, signing with the Rams in the BHS media center.

“This CIU cross country and track programs are good, but the school and people sold me,” said Snuffer, who signed as family, coaches, teammates and friends witnessed. “I love the Christian atmosphere there, and the coach put forth his best effort for me.”

CIU, founded in 1923 as Columbia Bible School, is a National Christian College Athletic Association Division I member.

Snuffer has shined as a distance runner in the Jackets’ programs.

In her senior season with the Lady Jackets cross country team, she helped BHS to a region runner-up finish and was the region’s individual champion for the second straight year.

Snuffer’s title effort helped Buford win the girls cross country region title in her junior season.

A four-year member of the Lady Jackets cross country, she is a three-time MVP.

In track, she won the 1600 and 3200 region crowns last spring when she was the Lady Jackets track MVP for the second time.

In her academics, Snuffer has a 3.6 grade point average.

“I’m really proud of Christine,” Buford High School cross country coach Patrick Marshall said. “Christine works hard at everything she does and pushes herself to excel. She has earned this chance to run at the next level.”

CIU coach Jud Brooker said he’s elated to have Snuffer in the Rams’ fold.

“We’re excited to have Christine and she brings excitement and enthusiasm to our team,” Brooker said. “I like her level of commitment and enthusiasm. Her competitive edge is going to be a boost as we grow our program.”

Buford High School athletics director Eric Funderburk said Snuffer’s hard work has made a vital impact.

“Christine is a model student athlete and region champion in two sports,” he said. “She is a testament to what hard work can do. She has come a long way and has been an asset to our track and cross country programs at Buford.

“She’s been a real plus for us and we wish her the best,” Funderburk said. “We’re glad she has another season with us in track and we will follow her career as she competes in college.”


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