Senior Emma Clune is the reigning 3A state runner-up in the 200 meters. She also made it to state in the 400m and was a member of the 4x200m relay. Clune has been a state qualifier her first three seasons on the Sparks track team.
“I’m excited because I’m hoping it will push me more even though they’re not in our division,” Clune said of facing off against Reed and Spanish Springs athletes.
Today, at the Rail City Track and Field Championships held at Sparks High, Clune is expected to compete in the 100m, 200m and the 400m.
It’s been an interesting season so far for Sparks track. Coach Adam Barrett said he had to get creative in order to have his boys represent in every event today except for one. The girls side is a different story as there are only three runners.
That has made it tougher for Clune, who trained side-by-side with Lisa Aguilar a year ago. Aguilar was a dual individual state champion in the 100m and 200m.
This year, Clune has been trying to keep pace with the boys on the track squad in order to have something to shoot for, especially since she has lofty goals for this season.
“It would be really cool. Last year our relay didn’t go so well, so this year the individual events are my goal. To get first is something I haven’t had the opportunity yet,” Clune said.
The defending meet champions are the Reed boys and girls squads. Due to the lack of depth of Spanish Springs and Sparks, it looks safe the say the Blue and Gold will again be hoisting up the trophies at the end of the day.
Still, the Raiders will bring their top athletes as they are in the process of fine-tuning for the quickly-approaching regional championships.
“It’s kind of hard when you look at the depth of Sparks High School and Spanish Springs, it’s not as even as it was last year,” Reed track coach Dale Moss said. “We look forward to it because we get a chance to see some kids do things that we haven’t been able to do all year because they’re doing other events. We’re going to move some kids around and check some things out and let them have a little more fun.
“It gives us a good chance to compete against other people while we‘re conditioning ourselves. You kind of do that all year with track just because the season is so short.”
Reed also has a meet in Loomis, Calif. Friday, so Tuesday will be good preparation.
Unlike last year when the meet was postponed by a month due to an untimely snowfall, the weather is expected to be pretty nice today with temperatures around 70 degrees. It likely will be breezy during at least part of the meet.
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.