Reed racked up 59 team points and took home a fourth-place finish. Centennial won the girls 4A team title with 106 points. Spanish Springs was eleventh with 24 points.
“We kind of had an idea that we could be close. We knew if we had a super good day we could be in the top two or three,” Reed track coach Dale Moss said. “To come in fourth is still good. We’re very pleased.”
Gabby Williams had a stellar day for Reed. The Raiders freshman can call herself a state champion after outclassing the field in the 4A high jump. Williams, who had jumped as high as 5-feet 8-inches this year, cleared 5-6 Saturday, but it was good enough to win the event. Her RHS teammate, Nyasha LeSure, was third in the event, jumping 5-4.
Williams was the state runner-up in the 100m hurdles. She did that after posting a time of 14.55. Only Centennial’s state champion, Candice McFarland, was better with a time of 14.35.
“My favorite race is the 100m hurdles,” Williams said. “I PR’d by four-tenths of a second and only lost to the third-fastest girl in the country by two-tenths. I think the climate had something to do with it. And then I’m pretty excited for the high jump, to actually be state champ. I didn’t even jump my best but a win is a win. I’ll take it.”
Williams drew plenty of praise from her coach.
“Gabby had a good day,” Moss said. “It’s amazing. When you get good conditions, warm and no wind, and you go against good competition, then you can really see what these kids can do.”
Adriana Newell of Reed was second in the 4A 400m. The Raiders’ sophomore had a time of 57.84. She was only beaten by state champion Brianna Tate of McQueen, who broke a stadium record at Del Sol with a time of 55.16.
“She came from behind to catch the Canyon Springs girl for second. She leaned and got her at the end,” Moss said of Newell’s finish.
For the Reed boys, the Raiders’ team of Garrett Stegmiere, Josh Gingras, John Covello and Spencer Stockton teamed up to give Reed a second-place finish in the 4x100m. The Raiders’ time of 42.27 was just behind the 42.18 time of Canyon Springs, which won the event. Reed’s mark Saturday was a school record.
“Those guys ran a great race,” Moss said. “I always call them my misfit group. If you line them up next to each other, you’d wonder how they run so fast.”
Gingras ran to a sixth-place performance in the 4A 100m (11.07). He had snagged a second-place medal in the 200m a day before.
For Spanish Springs, Cougars senior Josh Briggs was third in the 800m. Briggs put up a time of 1:54.40. The event winner, Nick Hartle of Centennial, finished with a time of 1:49.91. That mark shattered the old state record of 1:50.78 and is the third fastest time in the nation this spring.
“I was really nervous at the start of the race, but when we crossed the finish line, I was kind of awestruck,” Briggs said. “It was pretty cool to be on the podium with that much talent. I think Hartle will be an Olympian someday. I ran a PR and it definitely helped trying to keep up with those guys.”
The Spanish Springs girls squad of Anna Preciado, Katie Peters, Heather Azcarate and Madison McHenry teamed up to help the Cougars finish third in the 4A 4x800m relay, racing to a time of 9:46.60.
“The school record was 9:46.30, so we just missed it,” said Preciado, who finished third in 3200m a day earlier. “I feel like we did great. Every person did exactly what they were supposed to. We knew it would be a tough race. We did our best.”
Spanish Springs’ Katie Peters captured a seventh-place finish in the 4A 1600m run. She put up a time of 5:33.02.
In the 4A boys team standings, Silverado won the crown with 66 points. Spanish Springs (24 points) and Reed (19) were tenth and 14th respectively.
In 3A competition, Sparks High athletes shined brightly.
For Sparks, Vittawat Sriphong-Ngarm and Lisa Aguilar became two-time individual state champions. Sriphong-Ngarm followed up his win in the 3A 110 hurdles Friday by besting the competition in the 3A triple jump Saturday, thanks to a mark of 43-feet 2.5 inches.
Sriphong-Ngarm also helped an SHS squad finish third in the 3A 4x100m relay. He teamed with Jon Dempsey, Henry Banks and Esteban Bravo for a time of 44.40.
“I’ve been having a really good few days,” Sriphong Ngarm said. “I’ve been working on my form in the triple jump. That was the key, focusing on my form. I wasn’t expecting a PR, but I knew I had competition from the South. I just tried to do my best.”
Aguilar provided an encore to her Friday state title in the 100m by winning the 3A 200m. The senior’s time of 26.04 seconds blew away the field by more than a second. The good news for Sparks was another Railroader, junior Emma Clune, was second in the race at 27.26.
Clune was also sixth for Sparks in the 3A 400m after putting up a time of 1:02.94.
“The curves are my strength and I love this track. The curves are wide,” Aguilar said of her 200m win. “I’m just so happy. I’ve never won the 100 and 200 at state. I wanted it so bad. Sometimes I get out front and shut it down and my coach gets mad at me, but today I finished it.”
Sparks had a handful of other athletes place Saturday as well. Bravo was sixth for the Railroaders in 3A 100m after posting a time of 11.86. Hector Hernandez captured a fifth-place finish for the Railroaders in the 3200m with a time of 10:21.11. The Railroaders tacked on a team point with an eighth-place finish in the 4x400m (3:43.85).
The Sparks boys finished fifth in the final 3A team standings with 61 points. Fallon won the 3A boys team title with 133.5 points. The Sparks girls were eighth with 35 points. Elko had 148 points to win the 3A girls team title.