After a pair of impressive performances Friday at the all-division state track and field meet at Silverado, Reed’s Adriana Newell summed up her championship attitude this way: “I’m just having fun, if that’s the way to describe it. I’m in pain, but I’m having fun.”
Newell won the Division I 400-meter run in 54.76 seconds. She followed that up in the 200, where she pulled away in the final 75 meters to win in 24.91.
Part of the pain Newell had to overcome was a steady wind that blew in competitors’ faces from the finish line all day, along with a sore hip.
“I’m not going to lie, the wind was not very good,” Newell said. “But it’s nothing I’m not used to in Northern Nevada. You just have to lean into it and kind of fight it. And I was nervous in the 400 because my hip was hurting. But I just had that second gear. I’m not sure where that came from. But it was just mind over matter and I just pushed through it.”
Newell will try for her third win in the 100 today. Competition begins at 8 a.m.
Reed was third in the Division I girls team standings after nine events Friday, trailing Damonte Ranch (30 points) and Centennial (60).
In the boys meet, McQueen’s Zack Supple literally battled through the wind as he soared over the bar at 15 feet, 6 inches to capture the Division I pole vault.
“The tailwind moved my steps back two feet from where they normally start. But the altitude helped out,” said Supple, who just missed his three tries at 16 feet. “I really wish I’d gotten (16 feet). It’s always close, and these were my best attempts at it this year.”
Reed’s Kelly Brent, who placed second at the Div. I North regional last week, won the boys shot put, with a throw of 55-4.25.
In Division I-A girls, Truckee’s Skyler Flora and Gabrielle Rinne ran side by side down the back stretch on the final lap of the 1,600.
But Flora took off in the final 150 meters to win in 5:14.67, 0.9 seconds in front of Rinne.
“Going into that corner, I just thought I had to go, but I just didn’t want to trip her or spike her,” Flora said. “You just have to take that friendship out of your mind and think of her as the enemy.”
Truckee was in third in the Div. I-A girls team standings after nine events.
In Division III girls, Autumn Lawrence won the 200 and 400 and the long jump to pace White Pine to first place in the team standings after nine events.
In Division III boys, Riley Neville cleared 15-6 to take first in the pole vault and put Yerington in the lead after nine events.
In Division IV girls, Wells was in second place after nine events. Ericka Pengelly led the way, as she won the 100 hurdles, outdistancing the field early on to finish first in 16.14. She then won the 400 with a time of 59.30.
Sierra Lutheran trailed firs-place Spring Mountain 62.5-62 after nine events in the Division IV boys. Chase Johnson led the way with a win in the shot put (44-9.5).