Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed freshman Makayla Linebarger won the pole vault Saturday at the Reed Rotary Invitational.
The Reed High boys track team showed well at its annual Rotary Invitational over the weekend. Reed finished second among 18 scoring teams. The Raiders scored 97 points, a total bested only by the 114 points of McQueen and easily better than third-place Reno's 81.
"I was really surprised," Reed coach Dale Moss said. "I didn't anticipate that happening. I didn't realize as the day was going that we were doing that well. It was a good surprise."
Reed's day was highlighted by the winning shot put performance of Jordan de Leon. The senior heaved the shot put 49-feet 11 and three-quarter inches, just a quarter of an inch further than Reno's Taran Feroah.
"We had an idea he could do that," Moss said. "We were hoping he'd get over 50 feet and he has been on the verge, throwing in the 49s. It was just a quarter inch short, but we'll take it. Jordan has been in the program four years and for most guys it does take two or three years before they get in a situation to be successful. His hard work, dedication and diligence have put him in a position to do that kind of stuff."
The Raiders also got four second-place performances. Freshman distance runner Anthony Ocegueda had two of them. Ocegueda was second in the 1,600m run with a time of 4:35.55. He was also second in the 3,200m run, finishing the race in 9:46.03. McQueen's Kai Benedict was just seconds better in both races.
"That was a huge day for him and the night before he ran the 4x800m relay and the distance medley," Moss said of Ocegueda's endurance. "He had a personal record by 30 seconds in the 3,200m. He came out and crushed it. It was the first race of the morning and usually we run the mile first. That was a little different this meet so it's part of the reason he was able to run his best."
The Raiders other two second-place efforts came in the relays. One was from its 4x200m relay team, which cruised around in 1:33.50. Eric Espiritu, Alex, Hernandez, Quin Outland and Brandon Koehler comprised the fleet-footed team. The other was in the 4x800m relay (8:30.18)
Reed also had a team finish third in the 4x100m (45.10).
Additionally, Reed's Sione Taukiuvea was third in the discus, tossing it 134-feet 3-inches while de Leon chipped in a fifth-place finish in the event with a throw of 128-06.
Raiders pole vaulter Troy Gingerich, a sophomore, posted a fourth-place effort, clearing 13 feet event.
Three seventh-place finishes also helped Reed's point total.
The Spanish Springs boys went home with 26 points to finish 10th while Sparks got seven team points, finishing 18th. The big Spanish Springs highlight on the day came with a win in the 4x400m. It's winning time was 3:35.46. The SSHS tracksters were solid in the 4x200m relay as well, finished third (1:33.59).
On the girls' side, Spanish Springs racked up 67 points to finish fifth in the team race. Reed was seventh, tallying 60 points. Truckee, a DI-A school, grabbed the girls team title with 93 points.
Spanish Springs took two of the top four spots in the girls 100m. Freshmen Jessica Ozoude (12.63) and Madison Alexandra ( 13.03) were first and third in the race respectively. Ozoude also won the 200m (26.49) and picked up a fifth-place finish in the 400m (1:00.80).
In addition to Ozoude, another Cougars freshman captured a first-place ribbon when Halie Smith won the high jump, getting over 4-feet 10-inches.
Spanish Springs got a second-place performance from its 4x100m relay (51.67).
Elle Thomas was fourth for the SSHS girls team in the long jump, snagging a mark of 15-feet 7-inches.
In the 1,600m, Cougars freshman Maria Mettler finished fifth after bolting to a time of 5:29.86.
A freshman turned in the most impressive performance for Reed as well. First-year Raider Makayla Linebarger cleared 12-feet 4-inches in the pole vault, a mark that was a full foot higher than her nearest competitor. The winning mark also set a new Rotary meet record, besting the 11-9 mark of Reed's Amber Nolte set in 2001.
Reed's 4x100m girls relay squad bested the field thanks to a time of 51.42 and junior Kara Day took the top spot in the 40-yard dash (5.64).
Raiders freshman Samantha King-Shaw turned in a stellar performance on the 400m, finishing second (59.71).
Emilie Braun garnered a third-place finish in the long jump (16-feet 2-inches) for Reed.
"On the girls side, we some good positives," Moss said. "We got some good marks by a few girls. Makayla Linebarger won the pole vault. She broke the meet record and got a 'PR' for the outdoor season. That was big time.
"Samatha King-Shaw was second in the 400 and broke under 60 seconds. She's on track to do some big things."
Sparks High, which got 11 team points for 16th place overall, got its lone Top 5 finish in the girls events came from freshman Senifa Po'i in the discus (105-feet 3-inches).