Roughly 40 miles across the Utah/Nevada border on the north end of Lake Mead now lies a track power. The boys track program at Moapa High School had just 13 athletes in 1988. Now coach Larry Adams says he has 75.
Those athletes have beaten every school in Las Vegas (except one) and are the defending 2A state champions.Poised for a 2A Nevada repeat, Moapa turned up for its state meet with an impressive showing at Friday's 1A/2A portion of the BYU track invitational.
Moapa saddled up Shane Hickman and rode his 34 points to the boys title. Moapa finished 12 points ahead of second place Star Valley, Wyoming, 76-64. Malad, Idaho, was third with 44 points. Morgan, the highest scoring Utah high school, finished fourth with 43 points.
Hickman, who accepted a football scholarship at Southern Utah, won the 110- and 300-meter intermediate hurdles and placed second in the 100 and third in the 200.
"Last year we lost this meet because we ran in the slow heat of the 400-meter relay. Our kids have been pointing to this win for a year now," Adams said.
In the girls competition, North Sevier rolled to the meet title with 100 points. Mountain View High School of Wyoming finished a distant second with 67 points, while Millard was third with 47.
North Sevier cashed in with a strong showing from Wendy and Allison Sperry.
In the 3200, Wendy Sperry won the race with a time of 11:49.76. Alison was second at 12:16.34.
Wendy Sperry also won the 1600 with a time of 5:28.16, while Alison took third with a time of 5:33.90.
If that wasn't enough, Wendy placed fourth in the 800 and once again Alison was close behind, finishing sixth.
The Sperrys were too much for Millard, the closest Utah team. JoAnn Stevens helped Millard stay close with a record breaking performance. Stevens won the 100, 200 and 400 and ran on one of the realy teams.
After running the trials and finals for all four events, Stevens surprised herself by setting a new state record in the 200 with a time of 25.87. Stevens broke the old record of 25.96 set in 1986 by Janice Hill of Hurricane.
"I was really tired when I ran the 200. I just wanted to get it over with. When I looked up at the scoreboard and saw new state record, I started screaming," Stevens said.