Freshman Gabby Williams made a big splash for the Raiders, winning the 10m and 300m hurdles as well as the high jump, racking up 30 of the Reed girls’ 102 points with the wins.
“It’s like a blessing. You’re thankful for the people like Gabby, who help put you in a good position,” Reed track coach Dale Moss said. “It’s not only good for her as an individual, but also for the people who surround her because those are the people who are good recruiting tools and bring in other people to the program.
Adriana Newell was the other winner for the Lady Raiders, sprinting to a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.59 seconds. The Reed sophomore finished second behind McQueen’s Brianna tate in the 200m and 400m.
Nyasha LeSure was second in the high jump and triple jump for the Blue and Gold.
Reed’s 4x400m girls relay also qualified for state after taking second.
On the boys side, Josh Gingras was a dual winner after taking the 100m and helping the 4x200m take gold with Garrett Stegmire, Irvin Ma and Chris Imus. Gingras was second in the 200-meter dash as was the Raiders’ 4x100m relay team.
“The boys weren’t as solidified (early on) as the girls. Even with Gabby coming in, we knew what we were going to get,” Moss said. “With the boys, we had a lot of question marks. Going in and getting third in the boys, that’s definitely a success in the season. A lot of those kids are coming back, which is good for us, too.”
The top three finishers in each event qualify for the state championship meet at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. Moss said he is looking forward to challenging for a state title since the talent is stretched thin over more schools and teams don’t need as many points to win.
Spanish Springs should also be looking forward to state after surprising some by tying the Reed boys for third with 70 points.
The Cougars also had two regional champions at the boys meet. Jumping specialist Vance Lively had an exciting day, taking first in the long jump to go along with third-place finishes in the high jump and triple jumps.
Purple and silver was difficult to ignore in the 800m with Josh Briggs earning the title regional champion and Reagan Chipman claiming bronze.
Briggs and Chipman were part of the 4x800m relay team that set a school record and took second at regionals. Austin Brenner and Jake Flemming were the other half of that foursome.
Austin Rauh ran to a second-place finish in the boys 400m.
For the Cougar girls, Laura Voss qualified for state in two events by taking second in the 100m and third in the 200m.
Anna Preciado placed second in the 3200m, and Katie Peters was third in the 1600m. Preciado and Peters teamed up with Heather Azcarate and Madison McHenry in the 4x800m relay squad’s third-place performance.
As a team, the Spanish Springs girls scored 52 points, which left them in sixth.
•In the 3A, senior Lisa Aguilar led the Sparks girls with wins in both the 100m and 200m. Teammate Emma Clune took third in the 200m and fourth in the 400m.
Both girls contributed to the Railroaders’ win in the 4x200m relay along with Bianca Gasca and Amber Tuller.
Those were the few bright spots for a Sparks squad that scored 51 points and finished sixth out of nine teams in girls competition.
The Sparks boys performed a little better. Their 85 points was good enough for fourth, but still far behind Fallon’s first-place total of 169 points. The Elko girls tallied 151 points to win.
For Sparks, the only individual winner was Vittawat Sriphong-Ngarm in the triple jump. Jake Keen took second in the 400m, while Sriphong-Ngarm placed second in the 110m hurdles. Hector Hernandez was third in the 3200m.
The Maroon and Gold’s relays were strong. The 4x200m relay comprised of Sriphong-Ngarm, Keen, Henry Banks and Esteban Bravo crossed the finish line in first. Jonathan Dempsey joined Sriphong-Ngarm, Banks and Bravo to take second in the 4x100m relay.