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by Dan Eckles
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS senior Sullivan Stevens jumps over a hurdle during the Duel in the Desert Tuesday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS senior Sullivan Stevens jumps over a hurdle during the Duel in the Desert Tuesday.
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The Spanish Springs and North Valleys track teams continued their rivalry Tuesday afternoon. The two schools, which both opened their doors in the fall of 2001, competed in their annual Duel in the Desert meet Tuesday and Spanish Springs earned bragging rights, winning the boys competition 77-69 and the girls competition 95-61.

“I thought it would be close,” Spanish Springs track coach Pat McGuire said. “I told the kids earlier, if they didn’t pull it together, we’d be giving away some trophies.”

In the boys team race, Spanish Springs won 11 of the 18 events. The SSHS girls won nine of the 18 events, en route to winning by the 34-point margin.

Justus Mora won both the 100m and 200m for Spanish Springs with times of 10.8 and 22.5 seconds respectively.

Austin Rauh and Josh Briggs won the 400m and 800m for the Cougars, finishing with times of 53.4 and 2:23.00. Junior Lucas Holladay ran the 3,200m in a time of 11:18.00 to win the race for Spanish Springs.

The Cougar boys picked up wins in both the 110m and 300m hurdles as well. Sullivan Stevens captured those honors with times of 15.0 and 41.2 seconds.

Spanish Springs also won the 400m, 800m, 1,600m and 3,200m relay races.

North Valleys kept itself in contention in the boys competition by winning all six field events.

On the girls side, Laura Voss picked up a couple wins for Spanish Springs racing by the field in both the 100m (12.7) and 200m (26.7).

The Cougars also got victories from Katie Peters in the 400m (1:08.0) and Felicia Ferro in the 100m hurdles (19.5).

Spanish Springs won the 400m, 800m and 3,200m relays. Freshman Lyndsey Anderson won the triple jump (29-1.5) for the Cougars.

Chalene Lair was the final Spanish Springs winner as she outclassed the field on the pole vault by clearing 6-feet 6-inches.

The warm conditions Tuesday kept the athletes loose and comfortable.

“Considering as cold as it’s been, this was nice,” McGuire said. “Last year, we didn’t get a sunny day until we went to Rocklin in late March.

“The kids are making progress. For some, this was their first competition. Some of our kids were unknowns, but they did a good job.”
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