Compared to last year’s finishes for the squads representing the Rail City, the teams struggled at this year’s event.
In the boys’ team race, Reed finished third (75 points) while Spanish Springs took 11th (28.5 points). Sparks did not score any points, and therefore did not place. Reno won the boys’ race with a total of 111 points.
The girls’ team competition saw Reed also finish third with 90 points, while Spanish Springs finished 16th with 12 points. Sparks also did not place in the girls’ team race. McQueen won the girls’ division with a final tally of 124.5 points. McQueen also won the combined team competition, edging Reno.
Over 1,200 athletes from 26 schools took part competed in the Reed Rotary, battling through the durations of rain, snow and strong wind gusts.
“I think it still ran well, despite how bad the weather was,” Reed coach Dale Moss said. “Everybody loves the meet because it runs so well. It’s one of those things they always look forward to. It’s unfortunate that we can’t control the weather. If we could control the weather, then obviously the conditions would be ideal and it’d be a perfect day.
“I think the weather impacted the meet and races quite a bit. Races were run a lot slower than they normally would have been run. It definitely makes a huge difference. The thing is, when the weather is like this then it comes down to not necessarily how fast you run but how you compete. That’s what we told the kids. It’s all about competing versus times. There are a lot of things that did happen well today, but there’s always going to be things that don’t happen well and all you can do is worry about going out and competing.”
While the bad weather impacted much of the event, the gusty conditions did not stop Reed sophomore Gabby Williams from stealing the show.
Competing in the high jump, the athletic Williams set a stadium record at Reed’s Dave Nolte Northern Nevada Regional facility with a jump that cleared the bar at 5 feet 11 inches. The jump, which had people buzzing throughout the scattered crowd, bested the next closest jump by over a foot.
“Gabby did a great job,” Moss said. “She set a stadium record and that puts her nationally No. 1 in the nation in her age group for sure jumping that high this early in the season. It gave me the chills. You sit there and you watch and you’re just in awe. You just say ‘Wow.’ We’re lucky, or blessed, to be able to have a person like that and to be able to coach a girl like that and be a part of that kind of stuff. It is a privilege to have her on our team.”
The high jump was not the only event that Williams impressed in. Williams also won the 100-meter hurdles by more than a second with a time of 15.71 (Reno’s Shannon Forman came in second at 17.33) as well as the 300 meter hurdles in 45.87 in front of McQueen’s Katy Hufford (46.48). Fellow Raider Sierra Hooft placed third in both events, finishing with times of 17.92 and 48.92 respectively.
The Raiders also saw a strong performance from freshman Emily Braun who had a long jump of 16-feet and a quarter-inch, just a foot off the mark of the winning jump of Reno’s Forman. Reed junior Cherish Navarroza took second in the 200m dash (28.33) while teammate Tiare Fonoimoana grabbed fourth (29.06).
One Reed runner who was also expected to shine was junior Adriana Newell, but after qualifying first in all three of her events, Newell was unable to compete due to an unspecified injury.
“Had she been able to finish those races, she probably would have taken first in all three of her events and scored us thirty more points that we didn’t get,” Moss said. “That would have put us in a good spot for winning the whole meet.”
In relays, Reed was third in the 4x100 (52.46) as well as the 4x400 (4:34.29). The Spanish Springs 4x400 relay team took fifth at 5:06.07.
On the boys side, Josh Gingras led the way for the Raiders. The senior took the first place medal for the 200m dash with a time of 23.71 and finished second in the 100m dash in 11.80 seconds, a mere two-hundredths of second behind the winning time of 11.78 turned in by Hug’s Lonnie Jackson. The Raider boys also performed well elsewhere. Junior Cody Forman placed second in the mile with a final time of 4:52, just over a second behind first place Connor Wolf of Elko. Sam Nichols took third in the discus with a throw of 146-4.
The boys’ relay teams for the Raiders posted impressive results with a winning time of 44.22 in the 4x100, a time of 1:33.8 in the 4x200 for second and another first place finish at 8:51.58 in the 4x800. Spanish Springs placed fifth in all three relays: 4x100 (46.75), 4x200 (1:37) and 4x800 (9:14.82).
“Josh ran very well,” Moss said. “He got second in the 100m, first in the 200m so that’s a great start. The team ran well in the relays also and Cody Forman took second in the mile and Sam Nichols got third in the discus. You can’t complain about the performance or leadership just by them showing up and being out there.”
Spanish Springs’ sophomore Shamir Geisinger finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.01.
The Cougars also received a third-place result in the high jump with a jump of 5-feet 10-inches from Levi McDonald.