As much as she would like to avoid it, Jessica Ozoude is running right into the spotlight.
Ozoude firmly cemented her place as the fastest female sprinter in Nevada this year when she won the 100-meter dash in 11.87 seconds Saturday at the Reed Rotary Invitational track & field meet. Her time is also a stadium and meet record.
Then she posted a 24.43 in the 200. Both times are tops in the state. The Spanish Springs junior also won the 400 in 58.07.
“She does a lot of weight training and she is very confident in herself and all the training that we do,” Spanish Springs coach Winston Mora said of Ozoude.
Ozoude said she just tries to do her best. She said she realized she was a very fast runner in middle school. She would like to run in college and mentioned UCLA as a school she hopes to run for.
“She’s a great all-around runner,” Mora said. “She has a great work ethic. She leads the way in practice for the rest of the group.”
On the boys side, Eric Espiritu, a senior at Reed, was the fastest in the 100 Saturday with a time of 11.06. He edged out teammate Tayjion Campbell, who ran an 11.07. And, making it an all-Reed podium, Reed junior Bobby Widmar was third in 11.15.
“There’s a lot of good kids that can take my spot next year, and I’m proud about that,” Espiritu said.
Espiritu has posted a time of 10.81 before in the 100. Reed coach Dale Moss said the goal is to gradually get faster as the season progresses.
“It’s sure nice to be able to have those three boys. Just imagine what practices look like with those three running in practice together. It’s always a competition,” Moss said. “When you practice against good competition, you’re going to elevate your races to the next level.”
Espiritu won the 100 at the Northern Region meet last year.
Moss said Espiritu has a good chance to continue running in college.
The 200 and 400 belonged to McQueen senior Alex Schwedt, who posted times of 22.28 and 48.91, respectively.
The Reed Rotary is a good preview for the regional and state meets, as schools from all over Northern Nevada — and some from California — were competing.
Anthony Ocegueda from Reed won the 1,600 in 4:27.54 and Tristen Thompson from Fallon took the 3,200 in 9:49.70.
Sparks junior Nick Van Patten won the 110 hurdles (15.29) and the 300 hurdles (39.95).
Gerald Roscom, a senior at Hug, won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 11 inches, and the triple jump at 44-11. He was second in the high jump at 6-0, as Manogue’s Johnny Reiley won at 6-2.
Samantha King-Shaw also had an outstanding meet, as she won the girls 1,600 in 5:24.57 and the 3,200 in 11:55.96