Heading into the trials, Reed coach Dale Moss said his team was focused on qualifying for the Northern 4A Championships next Saturday.
“As far as training our kids, we kind of trained them through this because we knew that this meet didn’t mean as much as what it’s going to mean next week,” Moss said. “We had a general idea of who could qualify and who was on the bubble so we had to concentrate on a few of those things. Other than that, it was business as usual for us. We didn’t train them any harder or any less. It’s still all the same.
“We had certain ideas and goals to be able to get certain individuals through and certain teams through. You always hope that there are some good surprises out of the whole thing and you’re able to compete for a region championship. We just told our kids that they had to be good enough to be able to qualify to get in a good lane assignment or in a good flight or good order for their field events. Next week is definitely going to be a lot different as far as how things are going to look.”
Spanish Springs took the same approach, concentrating on the basics.
“We just wanted to focus on things that we had been doing right and things that we had been doing wrong so we could fine tune them and make sure that we were very well prepared going into the meet,” Spanish Springs coach Winston Mora said. “We didn’t really train any differently. We trained a little bit smarter and not as hard, focusing more on techniques so we weren’t tired and worn out by the time we got here. I just want to see improvement. I want to see my kids be able to walk off the track knowing they did their best. If that meant that we qualified also, then that was an added bonus.”
With the focus on qualifying, Reed did not disappoint as it had plenty of individuals who punched a ticket for the championships.
On the boys side senior Josh Gringas led the way for the Raiders.
Gringas took first place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.99, as well as third in the 200m with a time of 22.25. Teammates Spencer Stockton and Will Lyons qualified with a fourth and sixth place finish in the 100m, respectively.
Reed runner Cody Foreman took third in the 800m at 2:03.94, while Austin Sprinkle finished seventh at 2:04.68. John Braun qualified for the 400m in eighth with a time of 53.24.
The boys teams also represented the Blue and Gold well. The Raiders took first in the 4x100m in a time of 42.82, second in the 4x200m at 1:30.24 and eighth in the 4x400m with a time of 3:42.71.
In the field events, Reed had two nice surprises out of Brent Kelly and Brent Klitzke who took sixth and seventh in the shot put. Senior Sam Nichols was fourth in the discus with a throw of 140-feet and 8-inches.
For the Spanish Springs boys, the results were not as strong.
The best showing for the Cougars came with a first place result in the 4x400m relay. Junior Vance Lively also did well for SSHS, tying for first in the high jump at 5-feet 10-inches and seventh in the long jump at 19-feet 10-inches. Levi McDonald took seventh in the high jump at 5-feet 8-inches. Spanish Springs took eighth in the 4x200m also.
Sophomore Shamir Geisinger took sixth in the 200m in a time of 23.03, while Sam Preciado qualified at seventh in the 400m (53.22) and Moises Avalos qualified in the mile at 4:51.69. In the pole vault, Anthony Paccella qualified seventh at 12-feet.
As for the girls, the Lady Raiders kept in stride with their male counterparts, taking a large number of events as well.
Senior Adrianna Newell shined for Reed, taking first in each of her events. Newell finished in times of 12.72 in the 100m, 25.20 in the 200m and 56.56 in the 400m.
Sophomore Gabby Williams took first in a number of her personal events. Williams finished first in the 100m at 14.45, as well as first in the 300m in 44.63. Senior teammate Sierra Hooft also qualified in the same hurdle events, taking sixth in the 100s and fourth in the 300s.
Reed’s girls relay teams placed first in the 4x400m and fifth in the 4x100m.
Williams also impressed in the field events, tying for first in the high jump with a jump of 4-feet 10-inches. Nyasha LeSure, who has been absent for the Raiders all season, qualified as well in the high jump, tying Williams, while also taking second in the triple jump at 34-feet 9-inches.
“There were some ups and downs today,” Moss said. “Obviously, we had some hiccups here with some people and there were some good surprises too. We got two boys in the finals for shot put that we didn’t think were close to qualifying. Our girls 4x200m didn’t qualify and we needed them too. Cody Forman was disqualified in the mile for a lane violation for stepping on the line too many times, so that was a huge hit for us. The hiccups are kind of the things that you kind of just sit there and go ‘Dang it.’”
Compared to Reed, the Spanish Springs girls had a minimal amount to qualify.
Junior Katie Peters led the way for the Cougars, finishing fourth in the mile in a time of 5:31.40. Sophomore teammate Karmyn Witt also qualified in the event in a time of 5:43.54.
The other qualifiers for SSHS were junior Shannise Mora in the 100m dash (13.25) as well as the 4x100m relay team, which placed eighth at 52.79.
“I’m happy with our results,” Mora said. “I think we did good. We improved in a lot of areas. We’re a fairly young team for the most part, so I think it definitely shows our team we have more to work toward.”
While the showings were impressive for the Raiders, Moss said the results will not necessarily translate into next week.
“It’s kind of hard to judge because it’s one of those meets that you can’t really base things off of times or anything like that because next week could be a completely different thing because the intensity level steps up another notch.”
Mora echoed the sentiments.
“Next week is definitely going to be a dog fight in a lot of ways,” Mora said. “People qualify here with some who do just enough to qualify and some setting new marks, but next week is a whole new ball game. We’re going to see a lot of good times and a lot of good races.”