Not only are two of the fastest runners in Nevada from the northern half of the state, they’re from the Rail City.
Jessica Ozoude (Spanish Springs) defended her state titles in the 100 meter and 200m at the state meet on Saturday hosted by Foothill High School in Henderson, while Bobby Widmar (Reed) claimed the 100m title on the boys side.
Ozoude’s efforts led the Cougars to a fourth-place finish with 46 points, four ahead of Reed. Widmar helped the Reed boys to a second-place finish. Centennial won both team titles. The boys compiled 104.5 points, well ahead of Reed (61.5) and McQueen (54). The girls amassed 174 team points. Rancho (57) was second.
Ozoude, who has signed at Colorado State, won the 100m title in a state-record time of 11.64 seconds, but won’t get the official record due to a relatively strong wind at her back. She took the 200m in 24.30 seconds and finished sixth in the 400m (57.79). Ozoude qualified for the meet in the long jump as well and took second with a distance of 18-01.00.
Kylee Stevens-Sam finished seventh in the discus (122-05).
Along with winning the 100m, Widmar finished fourth in the 200m (21.75). He was also part of Reed’s 4x200m and 4x400m relays that qualified for the meet. The 4x200m relay (Widmar, Tayjion Campbell, Robert Ferrel and James Lara) finished sixth in 1:29.43. The 4x400m relay (Widmar, Logan Pine, Cameron Emerson and Campbell) took sixth as well (3:28.08). Reed’s 4x800m relay (Pine, Ammon Jorgensen, Spencer Garate and Anthony Ocegueda) finished fourth with a time of 8:06.26.
Ocegueda took seventh in the 3200m (9:46.62). Grant Cotter was sixth in the 110m hurdles (15.51). Jorge Moreno and Lara both qualified for the 300m hurdles and took fifth and sixth respectively. Moreno (41.60) was four one-hundredths faster than his teammate.
Michael Spivack cleared a height of 6-02.00 to finish fourth the high jump. Ferrel (6-00.00) was seventh.
Vehekite Afu earned a fourth-place finish in both the shot put (51-09.00) and discus (167-07).
Damani Craig was the lone Spanish Springs boy to qualify for the meet in an individual event. He finished fifth in the triple jump (42-09.25) and seventh in the long jump (21-04.75).
The Cougars’ 4x800m relay (Andrew Ribiero, Dylan Wong, Danielr Horner and Mathew Hakin) took fifth in a time of 8:08.68.
For the Reed girls, Makayla Linebarger won the state title in the pole vault. Already with the state record in tow (she cleared 13-06 earlier this year), Linebarger won the championship with a height of 13-00. Her teammate, Alysia Allen, cleared 12-00 to finish third.
Distance runner Sam King-Shaw finished second in the 3200m (11:12.46) and sixth in the 1600m (5:15.19).
Taylor Anderson was fourth in the triple jump (36-03.50) and was a member of the 4x200m relay (1:43.71) and 4x400m relay (4:05.34) that finished fifth and seventh respectively.
In the 4x200m relay, she ran with Erika Robtoy, Rebecca Mooney and Roxann Patterson. She competed with Mooney, Patterson and Nirel Kaplan in the 4x400m relay.
Kate Borsz threw the shot put 36-05.25 to take seventh.
Po’oi wins pair of titles
Senior Senifa Po’oi was the only athlete from Sparks to qualify for the 3A state meet that ran simultaneously with the 4A, 2A and 1A meets this weekend at Foothill.
She represented. And then some.
Po’oi won state titles in both the shot put and discus. She threw the shot put 37-08.25 and the discus 124-08.