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DHS boys, girls 4th at Carson meet

by Chuck Smock

Douglas pole vaulter Chris Chappell jumped a personal-best 14 feet, 3 inches at his team’s first meet of the season on March 13 at Carson High.

He took three attempts at the school-record of 14-6, but couldn’t quite clear the bar that day.

After the meet, the DHS junior mentioned two of the goals he has for this season: the school record and clearing 15 feet.

Chappell took care of the first goal Saturday – again at Carson High – when he jumped 14-7 to set a school record and finish first at the Carson Kiwanis Invitational. The second-place jump was 12-0.

“That’s a prime example of a kid who dedicates himself, works hard, maintains his focus and has great support from his parents, Steve and Debbie,” Douglas coach Aubrey McCreary said.

Troy Modispacher had owned the Douglas pole vault record at 14-6.

Chappell’s victory helped the Tigers finish fourth as a team with 67 points. Wooster won the meet with 135 points.

The Douglas girls also finished fourth in the team standings, scoring 77 points. The Wooster girls scored 153 points to win their meet.

Once again, Tiger senior Jenny Smokey led the way for the DHS girls. She won the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 34.72 seconds, finished second in the 800 meters (2:33.34) and helped the Douglas 4-by-800 relay team finish first and clock its best time of the season, 10:10.11

Kathleen McSweeney, Kelly Mogab, Rebecca Pope and Smokey ran away with the 4-by-800, winning by more than 13 seconds.

Mogab took second place in the 3,200 meters (12:40.45) and helped the Douglas 4-by-100 relay team bring home a first-place finish. Mona Williams, Julie Sawyer and Megan Persell rounded out the victorious 400-meter relay squad.

McSweeney was fifth in the 3,200 meters.

Pope added a fourth-place finish in the 1,600 meters and a sixth-place effort in the 800 meters.

The Douglas 4-by-200 meter team of Jamie McCreary, Kristen Garzapena, Sawyer and Williams took fourth place, improving its best time by five seconds despite a bad handoff.

McCreary improved her personal-best time in the 300 hurdles by two seconds (:51.78) and finished fifth.

Christina Morgan was fifth in the discus with a toss of 104 feet.

Douglas senior Jayson Scheetz won the open 400-meter race in 52.19 to give the Tigers their only other victory.

The Douglas 4-by-200 and 4-by-400 relay teams each finished second.

Scheetz passed two runners on the anchor leg of the 4-by-400 to secure second place for himself and teammates Josh Nussbaum, Josh Himmelrick and Gabe Hatchett.

Hatchett fell during the 300-meter hurdles race, but managed to salvage a fifth-place finish.