Josh Gingras won both the 100m and 200m and teammate Chris Imus took both the hurdles events to lead Reed to a first-place finish in the boys competition with 78 points. Spanish Springs finished second with 61 points and Carson was third after totaling 47 points.
The Raider girls were equally dominant, tallying 74 points to best Carson’s 60 points. The Cougars placed third after recording 48.
“Under the circumstances, I think it was actually pretty good. It was something to definitely build on,” Reed track coach Dale Moss said. “There are always good things. Not everyone got to run what they were supposed to due to the weather and a few aches and pains. It’s kind of hard to evaluate in a situation like this because of the wind. You have to tell the kids to just go out and compete and win and not worry about your time because you’re not going to get the best PR’s out here.”
Freshman Gabby Williams helped lead the Reed girls by winning the 100m high hurdles, the 300m hurdles and the high jump. Reed also racked up points by winning three of the four girls relays. Sophomore Adriana Newell sped to the win in the 100m, while Nyasha LeSure and Nicole Kersting took the long and triple jumps respectively.
On the boys side, Reed didn’t get that many more winners. After claiming the 4x100m and 4x200m relays, the only other Raider to win an event was Colton Strawn in the shot put.
The performer of the day for the boys was Spanish Springs senior Josh Briggs, who won the 800m, 1600m and 3200m events. Fellow Cougar Austin Rauh was first in the 400m dash. The Spanish Springs 4x800m relay took first.
In the field events, Vance Lively was a double winner for the Cougars in the long and high jumps.
For the Cougar girls, Laura Voss and Katie Peters were both double winners — Voss in the 200m and the 400m and Peters in the 800m and 1600m.
“One of the things we try to do is get as many kids in as many events because a lot of the kids don’t know what they’re good at and of course we don’t either,” SSHS track coach Pat McGuire said of the early-season meet. “A lot of the youngsters want to do track, but don’t know what events to do, so we try to let them experiment a little bit. For some, we let them try an event and they do fantastic, so we find the event for them. Four years ago, we told Laura Voss to try the hurdles and that panned out well for her.”