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Reed boys, girls win city track championships
by Dan Eckles
Apr 19, 2011 | 1199 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Cody Forman won the pole vault Tuesday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Cody Forman won the pole vault Tuesday.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior Josh Briggs runs to victory in the 800 meters Tuesday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior Josh Briggs runs to victory in the 800 meters Tuesday.
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The boys and girls track teams from Reed High can give their counterparts from Spanish Springs and Sparks a hard time in the trash talking department for the next year. That's because the Raiders won the team titles at Tuesday's inaugural Rail City Track & Field Championships presented by Scheels and the Sparks Tribune.

Reed won the boys championship trophy by racking up 91 points compared the team total of second-place Spanish Springs (60) and Sparks. (33). On the girls side, Reed took home the top prize with 79 points. Spanish Springs finished with 68 and Sparks 38.

"It was a fun day. It gives us a little bit of bragging rights," Reed coach Dale Moss said. "It was low-key with just the three schools. The kids got to hang out with friends see the kids they've known from all over the Sparks area. It was just a good event."

The first-ever city championship meet was hosted at SHS. It marked the first time Reed and Spanish Springs had competed in track at Sparks, which left Nevada's large-school 4A ranks before the 2003-04 school year, in more than 15 years.

"It was great to host," Sparks coach Adam Barrett said. "Everything ran smooth. I enjoyed it. The kids enjoyed it. For us, it showed how we're stretched thin. By the time we ran our third and fourth events, we were dog tired, but we still competed. All around, it was great."

Josh Gingras and Chris Imus were the big points earners for Reed. Gingras won the 100 meters (11.11) and the 200m (22.88) and helped the Raiders to wins in both the 4x100m (44.19) and 4x200m (1:32.29) relay races.

Imus won the 110m hurdles (15.78) and the 300m hurdles (41.64) as well as helped a pair of Reed relays take home top honors.

"Those guys were pretty much the leaders of our boys team," Moss said. "Josh had a great day. He had his best time of the year in the 100m and was close in the 200m. And then Chris won the hurdles races. You can't go wrong at all with what those guys did."

Brandon Robbins, Cody Forman and Sam Nichols also picked up individual wins for the Raiders. Robbins won the 3,200m with a time of 11:01.82 while Forman picked a triumph in the pole vault, clearing 11-feet even. Nichols won the discus with a toss of 114-feet in the event

Josh Briggs had a stellar showing for Spanish Springs. He won the 800m and 1,600m, posting times of 2:02.10 and 4:51.10. He also helped the Cougars win the 4x400m and 4x800m relays.

Other individual event winners for Spanish Springs included Vance Lively in the high jump (6-feet), Gannon Stevens in the shot put (38-feet) and Austin Rauh in the 400m (51.09).

"Reed has some quite talented kids and we knew that going in," Spanish Springs track coach Pat McGuire said. "What I do is put together some projections. It's not hocus pocus or anything, just math. We beat our projections so we picked up some points somewhere along the line and broke a few school records too. The day was positive.

"The poor weather before spring break was tough on our kids. We've always been a team that finishes strong. Sometimes, as coaches, we'd like to do better sooner, but the kids do come through."

The Sparks boys had two event winners. Those were Jake Keen in the long jump (20-feet, 7-inches) and Vittawat Sriphong-Ngarm in the triple jump (41-feet, 1-inch).

"Jake is just a great athlete," Barrett said. "He does everything we ask him to do, the 400, 200, he runs on relays. If the kids could do six or seven events, he'd be the one I'd have do it. He won the long jump. He's been trying to get to that 21-foot mark and he's getting closer each week.

"For Vit, that was not his personal best on the season but he did well coming off spring break. He didn't get a lot of work done last week, but he's just another competitor."

On the girls side, Reed was led by a sophomore and freshman. Raiders sophomore Adrianna Newell outclassed the competition to win three events. She bolted to victories in the 100m (12.61), 200m (26.05) and the 400m (58.36).

RHS freshman Gabby Williams won both hurdles races, the 100m (14.95) and the 300m (48.06). Williams also won the high jump, clearing 5-feet, 8 inches, a mark six inches higher than any other competitor. It was also a Reed High record. In addition, Williams ran the anchor leg on Reed's winning 4x400m relay team (4:16.82).

Reed junior Nyasha LeSure won both the long jump (16-feet, 4-inches) and triple jump (34-feet).

"Adrianna had her best time (this season) in the 400m, by another full second," Moss said. "She's getting back in shape after having surgery on both knees in December. And Gabby did a great job in the high jump and hurdles. Nyasha won the long and triple jump. With those three girls right there, we cant go wrong."

The only other individual event winner for Reed was Emily Heywood in the pole vault. Her winning mark of 8-feet, 6-inches was 18 inches better than the second-place finisher.

The Raider girls collected wins in the 4x100m (53.19) and 4x200m (1:51.92) relay races as well.

For Spanish Springs, Katie Peters was the top finisher. She won the 800m (2:30.80), 1,600m (5:40.41) and helped the Cougars win the 4x800m relay (10:39.82).

SSHS senior Anna Preciado was also on that 4x800m relay and she topped the competition in the 3,200m thanks to a time of 12:45.19.

Sparks had two girls take home individual event wins. Those were Monica Gasca in the shot put (29-feet, 9.5 inches) and Susana Ascencio in the discus (72-feet, 9-inches).

"I had looked at their results and they had been throwing well," Barrett said. "I don't get a chance to see them in them throws as much in practice, but I had seen their marks were getting better. Both girls threw well today and I was pleased with their performances."
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