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Local tracksters geared up for regionals
by Damian Tromerhauser
May 10, 2012 | 981 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Rail City’s prep track and field programs will send their best forward Saturday to compete in the Northern 4A and 3A Regional Track and Field Championships. Sparks will travel to Fallon for the 3A meet while Reed and Spanish Springs will look to showcase their speed and strength at the 4A event, hosted by Damonte Ranch.

While all three local schools have hopes of qualifying teams and individuals for the state finals, the Raiders lead the way.

“Our biggest goal is, for every event that we qualified in, to qualify in that event as well for state,” Reed coach Dale Moss said. “We want to finish in the top three in each one of the events that we’re a part of. That is our biggest goal and our main focus. Whatever comes after that, if it doesn’t get us to state then we’ll take what we can get.”

The Blue and Gold’s hopes will be well represented on the boys side, with senior Josh Gingras leading the way.

Gingras will compete in the 100 meter and 200m dash. Teammates Spencer Stockton and Will Lyons also qualified for the 100m. Reed runner Cody Forman will race in the 800m along side Austin Sprinkle. John Braun will compete in the 400m. Brent Kelly and Brent Klitzke qualified in the shot put while senior Sam Nichols will look to advance to state in the discus.

The Raider boys will also have three relay teams competing at the regional championships with their 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m teams qualifying.

While the boys will have a strong showing, the real strength will come from the Lady Raiders.

“As far as the girls side, we’re expecting good things,” Moss said. “Adrianna Newell should do well in the 100, 200 and 400. She should, as has been the case so far, win those three events as an individual. Then we have Gabby Williams who should win the high jump and should win both hurdle races without any problems as well.

“Nyasha LeSure is in a position to possibly take first or second in the triple jump and possibly the same thing in the long jump. The long jump she’s probably a little bit closer in, but she’s going to jump really well to get there. She should be able to qualify though. The same in the high jump for her. As far as girls are concerned individually, those are the ones we are looking at to score the majority of our points.”

Aside from that Raiders’ trio, Reed will also have senior Sierra Hooft competing in the 100m and 300m hurdles. Reed will have relay teams in the 4x100m and 4x400m races as well.

With the abundance of Raider qualifiers, Moss is hoping for a big day.

“Most of the kids have been here already. The nice thing about that is they have the experience,” Moss said. “They know what they need to do and how they need to do it. They understand what needs to be done. For us, it’s just business as usual as far as what they can do. They just need to do their thing and do the best they can. Then it’s just left up to what happens on the track. After that, it is what it is.”

While the Raiders are anticipating sending a large number to the state championships, others have a little bit lower expectations.

“While the expectation is not great, you never know what can happen at regionals,” Spanish Springs co-coach Winston Mora said. “The hard training can come forward and people can bring out some good performances. We’ll have to wait and see on that one. The best thing that I see for us right now is our 4x400 relay team. They look like they have a good shot to go to state.”

The Cougars’ boys 4x400m relay team, which placed first at last weekend’s trials, will lead the way for SSHS. Spanish Springs will also have a team in the 4x200m race.

Individually, junior Vance Lively will look to punch a ticket to state in the high jump and the long jump. Levi McDonald will compete in the high jump as well. Shamir Geisinger and Sam Preciado will race in the 200m and 400m dash, respectively. Moises Avalos will represent the Cougs in the mile while Anthony Paccella will participate in the pole vault.

For the Spanish Springs girls, junior Katie Peters and sophomore Karmyn Witt will run the mile. The other individual qualifier for SSHS is junior Shannise Mora in the 100m dash. The girls 4x100m relay team is also slated to race.

Although Mora is remaining realistic for regionals, he admitted he wants to see his team qualifiers make it to state.

“I think they just need  to realize all of the hard work that they have put in all season long. They just have to bring that forth and make it work for them because they deserve to get rewarded. That should be the end result.

“I just want to see their best efforts. Their best efforts will tell me they performed to the best of their capabilities and to the level that they could go to. Best personal times would be nice to show them that all of their hard work has paid off for them, even if they don’t make it to state. That is the thing that I am looking forward to seeing.”

In Fallon, the Sparks track team will try to qualify for the 3A state finals. Despite small numbers, the Railroaders are remaining optimistic.

“We put together three boys relays and we feel positive about being able to qualify for regionals,” Sparks coach Adam Barrett said. “We have a chance to get some people there.”

The Railroaders will be led by three boys relay teams in the 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m races. Sparks also has senior Marc Garrett in the triple jump, while Elias Martinez will race in the 400m dash. Senior Chris Motter will throw in both the discus and the shot put for the Railroaders.

On the girls side for the Maroon and Gold, senior Emma Clune will lead the way. Clune will compete in the 200m and 400m dashes, as well as the 100m hurdles. Junior Valeria Guerrero will represent Sparks in both the shot put and the discus.

“I think everyone has an outside chance of making state,” Barrett said. “Marc Garrett has been doing well in the triple jump and Elias Martinez has been doing really, really well with the 400. He took his time down a little bit. Emma Clune has really cut her times down, so she has an outside shot with her events too. Chris Motter in the discus has an outside chance and Val Guerrero in the shot put and the discus has a chance too to do well and qualify for state in both of those events.”

Regardless of the results, Barrett wants to see his team enjoy the experience.

“The only returner we have is Emma Klune, so for a lot of them this is their first time through,” Barrett said. “Emma has the experience of a state track meet but everyone else is kind of new to it. They are excited to be there and excited to get the opportunity.

“I just want to see them compete. I just want to see them not worry about winning or losing. I want to see them improve on the times that they’ve been running. We’ve really shortened up our workouts this week and last week to let them get their legs back. Last week their times improved quite a bit and so I think this week they should see even more improvements with their times and their jumps.”
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