Snyder grabs gold for Navy/Coast Guard in track and field

By Ros Dumlao | May 04, 2012, 6:44 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Navy Lieutenant Brad Snyder dominated the visually impaired category on Friday’s track and field competition at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Snyder, along with his guide and brother Russell, took three gold medals in the 100 and 200-meter dash and 1,500 meter on Day Four of the 2012 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte.

Although Snyder won by at most 12 seconds in one of his events, he said he held back so that he can focus on swimming on Saturday.

“I’m a swimmer by trade, so today was all about running efficiently,” said Snyder, who swam competitively for the U.S. Naval Academy before his injury. “Our plan was to put ourselves in contention to win, and we did that.”

“To be on a team and compete just like how I did in college and high school, it gives me a lot of confidence going into all the other aspects of life that I’m reestablishing myself in,” Snyder added.

Snyder grabbed Navy/Coast Guards first few gold in the competition so far, and the team recorded two gold, four silver and five bronze in track and field.

Marines led the medal count in track and field with 12 gold, 10 silver and seven bronze.

Sergeant Nicole Adams took gold in the women’s 1,500 open by about 14 seconds, and earned two silvers in the 100 and 200 open, just less than a tenth of a second from first.

“The guys treat me like I’m one of them,” said Adams, who is competing for the first time in the Warrior Games and one of two female athletes on her team. “I’m running the same practices they’re running; I’m running the same races they’re running. Just like we train together, we fight together.”

Army was second in the track and field medal count with six gold, six silver and seven bronze.

The Air Force earned its first two gold medals of the Warrior Games in the men’s discus wheelchair category and shot put open. It added two silver and four bronze.

SOCOM also earned two gold and four silver.

In the 1,500 lower-body category, British Armed Forces Simon Maxwell blew out the competition by 10 seconds to earn the exhibition gold.

Competition continues Friday night with the bronze and gold medal wheelchair basketball games and gold medal sitting volleyball match.