Top level competitors from across the nation compete in Reno

Published: Jan. 14, 2018 at 12:16 AM PST
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While a lot of people think of getting away for the holiday weekend, some of the best athletes in the nation in several sports have come to Reno this weekend to compete.

The USC Spirit National Pole Vault Summit January 12-13, 2018 took over the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Summit has been in Reno for more than 25 years. More than a thousand pole vaulters from all levels were on hand to showcase their skills.

"I call it the Super Bowl of pole vaulting. This is what everyone wants to come to," said Tray Oates, Collegiate Pole Vaulter.

Just a few miles away at the Reno Events Center, college gymnastic teams were getting ready for their competition January 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

"This will be an incredible afternoon of competition. Two of these teams are in the top 10 in the country right now. Gymnastics season just started last season, so they are fresh," said Kayla Williams, Gymnastics operations coordinator for Knight Eady.

Four elite programs from the PAC-12 conference (Utah, Washington, UCLA and Stanford) will be battling to win the competition. But for Utah gymnast and Sparks native Alexia Burch, the competition is more than wins and losses.

"Just coming out here and having fun with my team. I'm just so excited to let them see my hometown and all of the fans that are going to come out and watch us," said Burch.

Since January 9, 2018, the Cyclocross National Championships have been on full display at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. 1,500 cyclists from all levels from across the nation are on hand to compete in the competition.

People are cheering people on, ringing cowbells, they're heckling people. Its great environment to enjoy cycling," said Coby Rowe, USA Cycling.

The Cyclocross competition ends January 14, 2018.

Another event that brought athletes to the area: Team USA WinterFest made a stop at Squaw Valley. A few hopeful winter Olympians were in attendance.

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