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Reed track performs well at Damonte Invitational
by Tribune Staff
Mar 23, 2013 | 2778 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reed track and field team went to the inaugural Damonte Ranch Invitational and the boys placed first, while the girls took third.

For the boys, Cody Forman won the mile with a time of 4:36.0 and helped the 4x400m relay to a second-place finish along with Victor Gbenjo, Porter Hansen and Alex Hernandez (3:34.5).

Marty Hargrove and Gbenjo led the sprinters as Hargrove won the 100m with time of 11.0 and Gbenjo won the 400m with a time of 51.3, his best time of the year and one of the best times in Northern Nevada. Hargrove also helped the 4x100m to a second-place finish with Will Lyons, Dom Montenegro, and Eric Espiritu (45.0).

Gbenjo and Hargrove teamed up with Hansen and Lyons to take second in the 4x200m relay. Gbenjo, Hansen and Lyons placed second, third and fourth in the 200m.

In the field events, Brent Klitzke won the shot put with a personal best throw of 47-6. Teammate Austin Corbett took second. Jacob Striejewske won the pole vault with a clearance of 11-6.

The girls were led by Adriana Newell, who won the 100m and 400m and helped the 4x200m relay take second. Cherish Navarroza, Ali Miller, and Tiare Fonoimoana were also on that relay. Newell also anchored the 4x400m relay along with Navarroza, Miller, and Fonoimoana. They recorded their best time of the year with a 4:15, which puts them among the top in northern Nevada this year.

Another standout for the meet was freshman Yasmine Thigpen. She won the 200m dash with a time of 26.7, placed third in the high jump with a jump of 4-8 and helped the girls 4x100m relay to a third-place finish with a time of 53.1 with teammates Emilie Braun, Annie Braun and Kara Day.

Day placed fourth in the pole vault by clearing eight feet. Ryeli Pferschy and Miller placed third and fourth in the 400m with times of 67.0 and 67.6, respectively. Fonoimoana claimed third in the 300m hurdles. Jasmine John and Lolohea Afu finished third and fourth in the shot put.

"The great thing about this team, both girls and boys, is we have great leadership from our seniors," Reed track coach Dale Moss said. "They have all bought into the program and they understand their roles and what they need to do to get better. This is rubbing off on our younger athletes out there and they are being brought along and are seeing success."
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