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Reed’s Williams takes first in high jump at national meet
by Tribune Staff
Jun 04, 2012 | 2033 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Reed sophomore Gabby Williams cleared six feet to win the high jump at the Great Southwest Track & Field Classic.
Tribune file photo - Reed sophomore Gabby Williams cleared six feet to win the high jump at the Great Southwest Track & Field Classic.
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Reed sophomore Gabby Williams is gearing up for her experience at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

This past weekend, Williams and three Raider teammates competed in the Great Southwest Track & Field Classic, a nationally-recognized meet in Albuquerque, NM. The foursome joined Douglas High freshman Lindsey Adams and 100 other kids from southern Nevada as they represented the state of Nevada against 12 other states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

Williams was impressive on the national stage. She jumped 6-feet in the high jump to win the event. She took three attempts at breaking Amy Acuff’s sophomore record, but couldn’t clear 6-2.75.

She also competed in the Heptathlon, scoring 5,029 points to finish second behind junior Kendell Williams’ 5,383 points.

Gabby Williams finished in the top three in four of the seven events in the Heptathlon. She was second in the 100m hurdles and high jump and third in the javelin and 200 meters.

Reed junior Adriana Newell ran in a couple relays and the 100 meters, but hurt her hamstring and couldn’t participate in three other scheduled events. In the 100m, her time of 12.07 seconds earned her 10th place. The 4x100m relay was eighth and the 4x200m relay was ninth.

A couple of Raider boys also made the trip. Senior Spencer Stockton took sixth in the Decathlon with 5,463 points.

Stockton won the 100-meter dash of the Decathlon by crossing the finish line 11.20 seconds and performed the same feet in the 400m with a time of 50.11 seconds. He took fifth in the high jump.

Teammate Cody Forman also competed in the Decathlon. A first-place finish in the 1500m run helped him claim 11th with 4,904 points.

As the only other northern Nevadan athlete, Adams represented Douglas by placing 10th in the 3200m with a time of 12:10.08.

For Gabby Williams, she has the Golden West Invitational on Saturday in Folsom, Calif. and then is targeting the Olympic Trials.
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