McQueen boys win track & field state 5A title; Ku Stevens sets two stadium records – Reno Gazette Journal

McQueen boys win track & field state 5A title; Ku Stevens sets two stadium records  Reno Gazette Journal

Kyle Ortega Gammill is already one of the top distance runners in the state, and on Friday he added to his legacy by setting the stadium record in the 1600-meter race.

But it was a short-lived record.

The time of of 4 minutes, 16.36 seconds posted by the Reno High senior, set in the boys 5A race at the NIAA state track & field championships at Reed, stood for about 20 minutes.

Shortly after Ortega Gammill’s race; Yerington senior Ku Stevens ran a 4:15.77 in the boys Class 2A 1600 race to lower the stadium record even further.

Ortega Gammill can be consoled by the fact he has the state record of 4:08.67 n the distance, set earlier this spring.

He said he was a little overwhelmed by the atmosphere, due to it being his first state meet. The 2020 season was cut short due to the pandemic and there was no state meet in 2021.

McQueen reestablished its dominance in track & field by winning the boys team title with 101 points.

The Lancers are the last Northern school to win state, taking the title in 2014. McQueen also won state in 2010, when current coach Paul Deleon was competing on the Lancers team.

“Track and field is a team sport, a lot of times people don’t realize it’s a team sport,” DeLeon said. “They’re just all really close.”

More highlights from McQueen include junior Jayden LaGrone winning the boys 300 hurdle 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-meter dash.

Stevens, who will run for Oregon in the fall, won four gold medals in the state meet, taking the 800 (1:59.60), 1600, 3200 (9:17.49) and anchoring the Lions first-place  4×800 relay team. His 3200 time 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 his Nevada high school meets.

He will compete in the National High School championships later this summer in Eugene, Oregon, then report to Oregon for school in late August.

“I’m nowhere near a peak. That’s one of the things I try to capitalize on, not peaking or leveling off, just consistently getting better and trusting the process of workouts and doing the mileage,” Stevens said. “I’m so happy right now.”

He went and ran six miles after the meet concluded Saturday afternoon.

More highlights from the boys 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 the Class 3A, North Valleys senior Zack Cook won the 100 (11.04) and 200 (22.16) races. Sparks sophomore Chris Cormier won the 400 (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 discus (163-7); 
  • In the Class 2A, Incline junior Marcos Resendiz won the shot out (47-5); Battle mountain senior Nolan Chopp won the discus (137-11); 
  • In the Class 1A, Eureka senior Clayton Shoda won the 100 (11.09) and 200 (22.26) and long jump (20-8.5); Sierra Lutheran junior Flynn Scheibe won the 400 (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).

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Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal. Follow him on Twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to