Reed hosted its annual Rotary Invitational Track Meet this weekend and both the boys and girls looked like regional title contenders.
Every year, the meet is one of the largest in the state (excluding regional and state meets) and that was again the case for the two-day event this year. Twenty-one schools participated.
The Reed boys ran away with the meet title, turning in a team score of 167, well ahead of runner-up McQueen (118) and third-place Damonte Ranch (73).
The Reed girls settled for second place with a team score of 99, 24 points behind McQueen. Damonte Ranch (70) took third.
The sprinters were the largest reason for the Raiders’ dominance in the team standings.
Reed swept the top three spots in the 100 meter dash. Eric Espiritu won the event with a time of 11.06 seconds, just edging out his teammates Tayjion Campbell (11.07) and Bobby Widmar (11.15).
Espritu also finished second in the 200m with a time of 22.69 seconds.
Reed’s 4x100m relay team took second, barely, with a time of 43.50 seconds. Damonte Ranch was .002 quicker than Reed. The 4x200m relay took third with a time of 1:30.72 but was just seven tenths of a second behind McQueen, which won the event.
Anthony Ocegueda put together another strong showing in the distance events. He finished second in the 800m with a time of 2:00.10 and he won the 1600m in 4:27.54.
Campbell, who finished second in the 100m, also finished second in the long jump with a distance of 21-03. Malcom Malizia (20-05) finished third.
Malizia moved one spot up the podium in the triple jump, taking second with a distance of 42-06.50, less than a foot further than teammate Jorge Moreno (41-09.75) who took third.
Finally, Reed took the top two spots in the pole vault. Troy Gingerinch won the event, clearing a height of 15 feet, a whole foot further than teammate Bailey Aiello who finished second.
Distance runner Samantha King-Shaw claimed both the 1600m and 3200m events. She took the mile in a time of 5:24.57 and the two-mile in a time of 11:55.96.
Makayla Linebarger claimed the Reed girls only other individual event title. She won the pole vault by clearing a height of 11-06, two feet higher than the runner up.
Then Reed had several second-place finishes. Reed’s 4x100m (50.90), 4x200m (1:49.86) and 4x400m (4:08.57) relays all took second and all finished behind McQueen.
Triple jumper Taylor Anderson was the runner up with a distance of 35-05 and Lolohea Afu finished second in the shot put with a throw of 37-03.75.
Spanish Springs boys
The Cougars finished 12th with a team score of 22 points.
Tyler Morrison was the highest individual placer for the Cougs, taking fourth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.10 seconds.
Spanish Springs’ 4x800m (8:45.48) also took fourth and the 4x100m relay (44.90) took fifth.
Spanish Springs girls
The Spanish Springs girls took sixth with a team score of 62 points, thanks largely to a herculean effort from junior sprinter Jess Ozoude.
Ozoude claimed the 100m, 200m and 400m titles, setting records in the 100m and 200m.
She finished the 100m in a time of 11.87 seconds, breaking the stadium record of 11.92 seconds that has stood since 2005. In the 200m, she shattered the stadium record time of 25.10 set by Reed’s Adriana Newell in 2013, with a time of 24.43 seconds.
Ozoude didn’t break any records with her first place finish in the 800m (58.07).
Kylee Stevens-Sam also placed in a pair of throwing events. She took second in the discus (125-01), 11 inches behind the first-place finisher. She also took fourth in the shot put (36-07).
The Sparks boys finished with a team score of 34 points, good for sixth place.
Junior hurdler Nick Van Patten accounted for 20 of the points with a pair of first-place finishes in the 110m and 300m hurdles. He finished the 110m hurdles in 15.29 seconds and the 300m hurdles in 39.95 seconds.
The Railroaders mustered just five points and finished 19th in the 21-team event.