Kyle Ortega Gammill is already one of the best distance runners in the state, and on Friday he added to his legacy by setting the stadium record in the 1,600-meter race.
But it was a short-lived record.
The Reno High senior’s posted time of 4 minutes, 16.36 seconds, set in the 5A boys race at the NIAA State Track and Field Championships in Reed, lasted about 20 minutes.
Shortly after Ortega Gammill’s run; Yerington senior Ku Stevens ran a 4:15.77 in the Class 2A boys 1600 race to lower the stadium record even further.
Ortega Gammill can take comfort in the fact that he holds the state record of 4:08.67 over the distance, set earlier this spring.
He said he was a bit overwhelmed by the atmosphere, as it was his first state meet. The 2020 season was cut short due to the pandemic and there was no state meet in 2021.
McQueen reestablished his dominance in athletics by winning the boys’ tag team title with 101 points.
The Lancers are the last school in the North to win the state, winning the title in 2014. McQueen also won the state in 2010, when current coach Paul Deleon competed on the Lancers team.
“Athletics is a team sport, often people don’t realize it’s a team sport,” DeLeon said. “They’re all just really close.”
Other McQueen highlights include junior Jayden LaGrone winning the men’s 300 hurdles race (38.39) and second in the 110 hurdles (14.67); the Lancers winning the 4×200 meter relay in 1:27.89. Senior Ashton Hayes finished third in the 100 meters.
Stevens, who will race for Oregon in the fall, won four gold medals in the state meet, winning the 800 (1:59.60), 1600, 3200 (9:17.49) and anchoring the Lions 4×800 relay team in first place. His time of 3200 is also a reed stadium record. He posted an 8:54 in the 3200 at the Arcadia Invitational earlier this spring.
Stevens never lost a race in the 800, 1700, and 3200 in all of his high school competitions in Nevada.
He will compete in the High School Nationals later this summer in Eugene, Oregon, then report to Oregon for school in late August.
“I’m nowhere near peaking. That’s one of the things I try to capitalize on, not peaking or leveling off, just constantly improving and trusting the process. training and putting in the mileage,” Stevens said. “I’m so happy right now.”
He went for a six mile run after the meet ended on Saturday afternoon.
Other highlights from the men’s 5A competition include: Damonte Ranch sophomore Jackson Elliott winning the 3200 (9:41.13); Galena senior Ryker Dixon winning the long jump (22 feet, 9 inches); Carson senior Kai Miller winning the pole vault (15-0); Bishop Manogue senior Siope Vatikani winning the shot put (52-8.25);
- In Class 3A, North Valleys senior Zack Cook won the 100 (11.04) and 200 (22.16) races. Sparks sophomore Chris Cormier won the 400m (49.74); Truckee freshman Joseph Birnbaum won the 110 hurdles (15.67); Lowry junior Shaun Gilliland won the pole vault (12-0); Fernley senior Cameron Radli won the shot put (52-10.5) and the discus (163-7);
- In Class 2A, Incline junior Marcos Resendiz won the shot (47-5); Battle Mountain senior Nolan Chopp won the drive (137-11);
- In class 1A, Eureka senior Clayton Shoda won the 100 (11.09) and 200 (22.26) and the long jump (20-8.5); Sierra Lutheran junior Flynn Scheibe won the 400m (52.43); Eureka sophomore Anthony Minoletti won the 1600 (5:02.55); Mineral County senior Isaac Torres won the 300 hurdles (43.71); Mineral County junior Andrew White won the triple jump (39-4.5).