CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal’s track teams showed why they are going to be a perennial contender for the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) title.
The Eagles boys and girls won the MSAC championship Wednesday at their own track. The win gave the CC-Crystal girls the MSAC overall title.
The Eagles boys team scored 217 points, nine ahead of Coleman and well ahead of Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart.
CC-Crystal’s girls team scored 218 points to beat the Irish with 196 and Montabella with 176.
The wins made Eagles coach Marcus LeGrande quite happy.
“I think it’s been a culmination of working hard all year long,” LeGrande said. “I think now kids are starting to peak and their reaping the rewards of their work.”
LeGrande said he didn’t have expectations about the teams.
“It was about the kids having focus,” LeGrande said. “We thought if we did what we had to do we had a shot. Overall, we had a good meet.”
The CC-Crystal girls won a title for the first time in a long time. LeGrande didn’t know how long it was.
“I think based on the team we have right now — and we’re not losing any girls and we’re going to add 10-12 girls from the middle school — I think our teams are going to be as good next year or even better.”
Gabrielle Hummel had four firsts for CC-Crystal, winning the 100 (13.64), the 200 (28.24) and the long jump (13-11 1/2). She also was a member of the winning 400-meter relay team (57.17).
The Eagles boys got LeGrande’s praise, as well.
“Andre Collins won both races,” LeGrande said. “He did an exceptional job. He’s been steady all year.”
Collins won the 100 (11.00) and the 200 (22.77). Collins also was a member of the winning 400-meter relay (46.86).
“Tyler Crag did an exceptional job of running the 800, the 1,600 and the 3,200,” LeGrande said.
Montabella finished third in the boys meet with 176 and fourth in the girls with 83.
“Our girls, we were ahead going into the league,” Mustangs coach Dan Gibson said. “We were a little disappointed with that. We did everything we could. We don’t have a lot and we’re young.”
So are the boys, noted Gibson.
“We have mostly freshmen and sophomores,” he said. “But some of them did really well.”
Gibson specifically mentioned Zach Taubitz, who won the long jump (19-4). He was also second in the pole vault (11-0).
Leading the Montabella girls was Kensington Garvey, who won the 400 (1:05.72) and was second in the 800 (2:38.04).
Both teams will be at the Daily News Invitational next Tuesday.