Now, with athletes in mid-season form, tracksters from Sparks, Reed and Spanish Springs High Schools will be burning up the track today at Sparks High at the Rail City Track and Field Championships presented by Scheels and the Sparks Tribune.
“I think it was going to be competitive either way, but I think the times you’re going to see are going to be faster than what they would have been on the original date,” Sparks track and field coach Adam Barrett said.
The three schools will get to enjoy good weather today with forecasts calling for mid- to high-60’s temperatures, a good 25 degrees warmer than the temperature on the originally scheduled date in March.
“I’m not sure where Reed and Spanish Springs were this past weekend, but we were at McQueen and the weather was nice. The fact that we were at a track meet and didn’t have to deal with the conditions was nice,” Barrett said.
The setup of the event is the same. Two athletes from each school compete in each individual event to level the playing field between the three schools. The winners of the events receive an event champion t-shirt. The boys and girls team that comes out on top, holds onto a trophy for a year before putting it up again in the next installment of the Rail City Track and Field Championships.
Field events will start at 3:30 p.m. with the boys and girls rotating in each event. The boys 4x800m relay starts the running events at 4 p.m.
The time between events was reworked in order for the meet to end earlier, closer to 7 p.m. rather than after 8 p.m.
Barrett also hopes the event can bring some excitement and attention to a sport that might get pushed to the sidelines by baseball and softball in northern Nevada.
“It’s a way for the three schools to get together during the track season and a way to make track special other than regionals,” Barrett said. “Having to go to all the invitationals, it’s just kind of a change of pace really.”