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Local athletes impress at Rotary meet
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Chris Imus flies over a hurdle en route to winning the 100 meter hurdles at Saturday's Reed Rotary Track & Field Invitational.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Chris Imus flies over a hurdle en route to winning the 100 meter hurdles at Saturday's Reed Rotary Track & Field Invitational.
The Rail City is host to one of the most competitive track and field meets in the West and some local athletes shined brightly in the big event. The annual Reed Rotary Track & Field Meet was hosted at the Dave Nolte-Northern Nevada Regional facility at Reed High Saturday and Sparks schools turned in impressive performances.

In the boys’ team race, Reed was third (90 points) and Spanish Springs fourth (55.33). Sparks was 11th, but the Railroaders team finish (31 points) was second best among non-4A schools. Reno won the boys team competition with 104.5 points, just edging out McQueen’s 104.

Reed finished third (99 points) and Spanish Springs sixth (44 points) in the girls’ team competition. Sparks 13th with 16 points.

“I went back and looked at previous years. Since I’ve been the head coach, and this is my fifth year, this is probably our best finishes,” Reed coach Dale Moss said. “I’m pleased with that. We had some great efforts out there that were a lot of fun to watch.”

More than 1,300 athletes from 27 schools competed in the Rotary meet.

Reed’s Gabby Williams was the star of the show for Sparks schools. The athletic freshman won two events. She won the high jump by clearing the bar at 5-feet 2-inches, besting second-place teammate Nyasha LeSure (5-0). Williams also bested the competition in the 300 meter hurdles. Her time of 45.55 seconds was more than a second faster than second-place Katy Hufford of McQueen (46.85). Reed junior Sierra Hooft was third in the race with a time of 48.98 seconds.

Local schools had plenty of stellar finishes, but the only other Sparks girl to win an event was sophomore Adriana Newell of Reed. She won the 100 meters in 12.81 seconds. Spanish Springs’ Laura Voss (13.00) and Sparks’ Lisa Aguilar (13.05) were third and fourth in the race.

That trio stole the headlines all day. Newell was also second in both the 200m (26.61) and 400m (1:00.11). Aguilar was third in the 200m (27.36) and Voss was third in the 400m (1:00.71). Additionally, Aguilar was sixth in the long jump (15-feet 4.25-inches).

Other Sparks-area girls to place were: Spanish Springs’ Anna Preciado (third in the 800m at 2:32.47 and seventh in the 1600m at 5:38.51), Spanish Springs’ Katie Peters (second in the 1600m at 5:31.17, a school record), Spanish Springs’ Heather Azcarate (eighth in the 800m at 2:36.74), Spanish Springs’ Lyndsey Anderson (sixth in the high jump at 4-feet 10-inches), Hooft (sixth in the 100m hurdles at 16.98) and LeSure (second in the triple jump at 35-feet 4.5 inches, third in the long jump at 16-feet 3.75 inches and seventh in the 40-yard dash at 5.91 seconds).

Reed took second in both the girls 4x200m (1:49.96) and 4x400m relays (4:17.77). Spanish Springs was second in the girls distance medley relay (13:32.72). That mark was 13 seconds faster than the previous SSHS record, set in 2006.

“It was a good meet for Spanish Springs even though we were not at full strength,” Cougars coach Pat McGuire said. “Our prom is tonight and many of our top point earners were not present or left early. Yet, there were still five school records broken.”

On the boys’ side, Reed had a trio of individual athletes win individual events. Chris Imus won the 110m hurdles in a time of 15.94 seconds. Sparks’ Vittawat Sriphong-Ngarm was third in that race with a time of 16.42 seconds.

Raiders senior Josh Gingras bested the competition in the 200m thanks to a time of 22.88. He was also second in the 100m (11.11). Reed’s Garrett Stegmiere won the 40-yard football dash with a time of 4.84 seconds. Reed also got a first-place finish in the 4x100m relay as well.

“Most of all, it’s great to see the kids who work the hardest, rise to the top,” Moss said. “Gingras stepped into a zone. He’s above and beyond a lot of other people at this point in the year. And then Chris Imus stepped up in the hurdles. Another kid had trouble in the trials and Imus took advantage and won the event. I take my hat off to those guys.”

Other Sparks-area boys to place were: Spanish Springs’ Josh Briggs (third in the 800m at 2:04.00 and fifth in the 1600m 4:51.18), Spanish Springs’ Austin Rauh (third in the 400m at 51.27 and fourth in the 100m at 11.51), Spanish Springs’ Vance Lively (second in the triple jump at 6-feet, third in the long jump at 20-feet 10.5 inches and seventh in the 100m at 11.96), Reed’s Chad Gray (fifth in the 40-yard football dash at 5.04), Reed’s Brent Showalter (eighth in the pole vault at 13-feet), Stegmiere (fifth in the 100m at 11.55), Sparks’ Sriphong-Ngarm (third in the triple jump at 42-feet 3.25 inches), Sparks’ Jake Keen (seventh in the long jump at 20-feet 1-inch).

In other relay action, Reed was second in the 4x200m (1:32.80) and Sparks was third (1:33.27). After Reed’s first-place effort in the 4x100m, Sparks was second (44.11) and Spanish Springs was fifth (45.52). In the 4x400m, Reed was fourth (3:41.27). In the 4x800m, Spanish Springs was second (8:34.50, a school record by 13 seconds), while Reed was third (8:43.94) and Sparks was sixth (9:20.03). Lastly, in the boys distance medley relay, Spanish Springs was second (11:37.71) and Reed was third (11:42.01).
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