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Reed girls shine at Rotary meet
by Dan Eckles
Mar 30, 2013 | 4069 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Emily Carr runs a leg for a Raiders relay team during Friday's preliminary action at the annual Rotary Invitational.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Emily Carr runs a leg for a Raiders relay team during Friday's preliminary action at the annual Rotary Invitational.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior Katie Peters won the 1,600m race at the Rotary Invitational.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior Katie Peters won the 1,600m race at the Rotary Invitational.
The Reed girls track & field team looks like it may be among the northern Nevada's elite. Reed finished third in the girls team standings at the Reed Rotary Invitational, one of the top early season meets in the region.

Reed racked up 82.3 points, just 17 behind meet winner Damonte (99.3) and less than seven points behind second-place McQueen (89).

"I'm very happy with third right now," Reed track coach Dale Moss said. "It puts us in a good position. Now we'll see what we can make happen ... You'd always like to be able to win your own meet and we're putting ourselves in a position here we eventually can get that done."

Adriana Newell was the star of the day for Reed. She won three events at the Rotary Meet, which hosted 32 schools and 1,463 athletes over the weekend. The fleet-footed senior won the 100 meters, 200m and 400m.

Newell won the 200m with a time of 25.10 seconds, a meet record, bettering the 2007 mark of Carson's Kayla Sanchez (25.22). Newell wasn't the only Raider sprinter to capture points in the event. Freshman Yasmin Thigpen (26.85) was third and senior Cherish Navarroza was seventh (27.82).

The RHS trio finished in the same spots in the 100m. Newell took the race's top spot cruising to a time of 12.35 seconds, while Thigpen posted a time of 12.95 and Navarroza 13.20.

"We had a lot of PRs today," Moss said. "We put a lot of people in race finals. In the sprints, at times you'd look up see three people, a flood of blue and gold. That's nice to see."

Newell's third race victory came in the 400m where she bested the field by nearly two seconds. Her winning mark of 56.73 was considerably quicker than second-place finisher Quinn Parker of Truckee (58.62). Newell's 56.73 effort was just .13 ticks off the met record of McQueen's Brianna Tate set two years ago.

"Coach Moss is always telling me 'don't worry about winning. Just worry about my times.'" said Newell, who has already signed to run her college track at Kansas of the Big 12. "I want my times to be ahead of where they were a year ago at this time. And so far they are. Getting that (meet) record today in the 200m is just a bonus.

"I've been working really hard. I just have to fix the little things, trusting my workouts, getting off faster and staying healthy."

Reed's other event winner Saturday was Navarroza, who set a meet record in the 40-yard dash, finishing the quick sprint in just 5.44 seconds.

Thigpen took home a sixth-place finish in the 300m hurdles (51.36) seconds and a seventh-place in the high jump (4-feet, 8-inches). The other individual placer for Reed was Kara Day, who tied for eighth with two others in the pole vault, clearing 7-feet even.

The rest of the points for the Reed girls came in the relay events. The Raiders were second in the 4x400m relay (4:16.57) and were third in both the 4x100m (52.09) and 4x200m (1:51.34).

The Reed boys settled for fourth place in the team standings with 57 points. Reno (142.83), McQueen (95) and Damonte Ranch (90) took the top three spots.

The Reed boys had the most success in the shot put. A trio of senior Raiders landed in three of the top six places. Brent Klitzke and Austin Corbett were third and fourth respectively with throws of 50-feet 0.75 inches and 49-2.25. Brent Kelly was sixth for the RHS gang with a toss of 47-10.0.

Other individual placers for the Reed boys team were: Thomas Garete in the 800m (2:07.89, 6th), Victor Gbenjo (52.29, 6th) and Porter Hansen (52.48, 7th) in the 400m, and Jacob Striejweske (11-6, 6th) in the pole vault.

The Reed boys were also third in the 4x200m relay (1:34.26), 4th in 4x400m relay (3:37.38) and fifth in the 4x100m (45.52).

"Fourth overall is pretty decent for our boys," Moss said. "We didn't have (distance runner) Cody Forman, who was running at Stanford, and (top sprinter) Marty Hargrove did not run in the finals. Those guys would have scored some points for us."

Another Rail City school was also in action Saturday at Reed. Spanish Springs saw some successes from the Cougar athletes as well, although neither the SSHS girls or boys team fared well in the team standings. Both teams finished ninth. The Cougars girls had 42 points and the boys had 27.

A pair of Spanish Springs athletes did win events. Senior Katie Peters captured the top prize in the girls 1,600m with a time of 5:22.03. Grant Dieter won the boys 3,200m, finishing with a time of 10:17.76.

The Cougars also won the girls 4x800m (10:17.44) and the girls distance medley (13:02.21)

Other SSHS placers were: Sophie Grohs (100-04, 6th) in the discus, Vance Lively and Trent Williams in the high jump (5-feet, 8-inches, tied for 6th), Karmyn Witt (5:34.60 7th) and Heather Azcarate (5:35.27, 8th) in the 1,600m, Jared Stimac (4:58.23) in the 1,600m and Travis Heitzenrader in the 800m (2:09.29, 8th).

The Spanish Springs boys were fourth in the 4x800m (8:56.02) and fifth in the distance medley relay (11:46.03). The Cougar girls were sixth in the 4x400m (4:28.67).

A pair of Sparks High athletes drew praise for placing. Railroaders senior D.J. Devine was fourth in the 110m hurdles, bolting to a time of 16.24 seconds. SHS senior Val Guerrero was sixth in the shot put with a toss of 31-feet 8.75 inches.

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