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Reed girls finish fourth at state track
by Dan Eckles
May 18, 2013 | 2300 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HENDERSON -- Adriana Newell's hopes of winning a third state title in a single meet were dashed Saturday. The Reed senior, who won the 400m and 200m Friday, fell just short of that goal.

On Saturday, during Day 2 action of the Nevada State Track & Field State Championships, hosted at Silverado High School, Newell competed in her fourth and final event. She finished second in the 100m, an event she won a state crown in as a junior.

Newell, who also helped Reed to a fourth-place finish in the 4x200m relay Friday, finished with a time of 12.21 seconds in the 100m. Canyon Springs senior Courtney Robinson won the race in 12.06 seconds.

"The 100 was the one race she got to compete in last year at state before getting injured and she won it," Reed track coach Dale Moss said. "I think this year she was really focused on the 200 and 400. She ran the 100 real relaxed, kind of like she had nothing to lose. It kind of came down to who wanted to be the fastest and today that was the girl from Canyon Springs.

"You just don't see many kids come around who can do what she can do. She may not have won the 100, but what she did was still very impressive."

Reed freshman Yasmin Thigpen put together a third-place performance in the 300m hurdles thanks to a time of 46.01 seconds. In effect, Thigpen was the best of a second tier of runners. Tiana Bonds of Centennial and Robinson were the class of the event, finishing well ahead of the field in first and second respectively. They cruised to times of 41.84 and 41.94 seconds.

"Yasmin did really well," Moss said. "Third was kind of what we were hoping for. Those top two girls were far beyond what the rest of the field could do. She got a PR. If she hadn't have struggled a little bit with that final hurdle, she might have been in the 45s. Being a freshman, with the future she has, she should be fun to watch."

The Reed girls also got a team point from shot putter Lola Afu. The Raiders freshman finished eighth with a heave of 31-feet 3.5 inches. Afu's state appearance, let alone placing, was a surprise. Only the top three North Region placers earned state berths and Afu finished fourth. But when the North champ was deemed academically ineligible at midweek, Afu got the call to compete.

"Lola thought her season was done. She was at volleyball open gym on Tuesday," Moss said. "Then she found out Wednesday she was going to state. I'm not sure she was as mentally prepared as some of the other kids competing here, but she got a chance to compete. We're hoping this sparks her to work hard the next few years and progress because she has so much potential."

Reed wound up finishing fourth overall in the girls team standings with 43 points. The Raiders sat third going into the final event Saturday, but Damonte Ranch's third-place finish in the 4x400m relay gave the Mustangs 44 points and just inched the south Reno school past Reed.

"I had projected our girls for 41 points so we surpassed expectations there," Moss said. "We were anticipating being the best team from northern Nevada, but just missed out. We knew we could probably be better at state than at regionals because of our high-end qualifiers."

Centennial won the D-1 girls state team title with 113 points.

The Reed boys added to their point total with a pair of sixth-place finishes Saturday. RHS senior Cody Forman was sixth in the 1,600m after posting a personal best time of 4:25.56. A pair of Centennial runners took the top two spots in the mile. Jackson Carter (4:20.72) and Dajour Braxton (4:21.87) made up that duo.

"I cannot complain because I ran a PR, but I was a little frustrated the race went out so fast," Forman said. "It was a matter of trying to stay close. That's just how it is. It's an honor to run with this class of athletes. It's a great achievement, but I felt if the race would've gone out a little slower, I'd have had a better chance. We just haven't gone out that fast to start a race in the North."

The Raiders' other sixth-place finish came in the 4x100m relay. Reed ran the race in 43.78 seconds. The race was originally run Friday night but those results were wiped out and the race re-run after a rules technicality regarding a false start. The big winner in the event was Damonte Ranch. The Mustangs won the second race and the state title after not finishing Friday's original race. Their winning time Saturday was 42.22 seconds.

Centennial won the boys D-1 state title with 88 points. Reed finished 12th overall with 25 points.

Reed was not the only Sparks-area school with athletes in action Saturday. Spanish Springs junior Shamir Geisinger was sixth in the boys 200m after sprinting to a time of 22.42. Bonanza's Jayveon Taylor bested the race's competition after finishing it in 21.65 seconds.

In the Division 1-A ranks, Sparks High's lone state competitor was in action Saturday. Senior Darius Devine was eighth in the 110m hurdles. His time was 16.50 seconds. Pahrump's Devon Montgomery was the race winner in 15.39 seconds.

A handful of Rail City athletes also excelled in the Div. 4 ranks. Excel Christian's Zach Hunt won both the 1,600m and 3,200m with times of 4:40.91 and 10:10.11 respectively. His teammate Christian Rodriguez was fourth in the 3,200m at 11:27.56.

Excel's Kristopher Spurlock also had a solid meet. He was third in the 200m (23.84), fifth in the 100m (time unavailable due to timing failure) and eighth in the 400m (57.00).

Excel also finished fourth in the 4x800m relay (9:19.70) and fifth in the 4x400m relay (3:53.32).

Excel racked up 45 points to finish fifth in the D4 boys team standings.

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