Douglas boys, girls finish 3rd |

Douglas boys, girls finish 3rd

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas boys’ and girls’ track teams each finished third in a four-way meet the Tigers hosted at Carson High on Saturday.

The Wooster boys scored 117 points to win the meet. Carson was second with 66 points, Douglas scored 49 and South Tahoe was fourth with 36 points.

In the girls’ meet, Wooster posted 113 points to earn the win over Carson, which scored 102 points. The Douglas girls finished with 38 points. South Tahoe was fourth with 18 points.

“I thought it went real well,” DHS head coach Jan McCreary said. “There were some individual successes, but, more importantly, they came out as a team and they supported each other as a team. Every time there was someone running, there were about 20 kids cheering them on.”

Douglas junior Chris Chappell was one of many Tigers who turned in a personal-best performance and earned points for DHS. Chappell cleared 14 feet, 3 inches to win the pole vault. He took three attempts at a school-record height of 14-6, but couldn’t quite get over the bar.

“I wasn’t real sure what to expect in the first meet,” Chappell said. “My workouts have been going real well. My goal was to set a PR (personal record), so I’m happy about that. It feels great.”

With his performance Saturday, Chappell moved closer to his season goal of clearing 15 feet.

“I’ve had a lot of fun already this year,” he said. “I’ve been working hard and it’s starting to pay off.”

Landon Smallwood cleared 11-6 to finish third for the Tigers in the pole vault.

As expected, the seniors from the girls’ cross country state championship team who competed Saturday all earned points for Douglas.

Kelly Mogab won the 3,200 meters (12 minutes, 35.8 seconds) and the triple jump (31 feet, 4 inches).

Jenny Smokey won the 1,600 meters (5:48), followed by Annie Gastelum (5:55) in second place.

Mogab, Smokey and Gastelum teamed up with Rebecca Pope to run away with the 4-by-800 relay (10:18). Carson was second in the race with a time of 11:19.

DHS senior Jayson Scheetz finished second in the 400 meters with a personal-best time of 51.83 seconds.

Sophomore Gabe Hatchett blistered the field in the 300 hurdles in 42.15. Teammate Josh Nussbaum was second in the race at 46.57.

Hatchett finished second 110 hurdles at 16.45. Carson’s David Krueger was first in 15:38.

Douglas coaches have decided to pull Hatchett out of the relays to see if he can earn more points in individual events. He will compete in the high jump this weekend when the Tigers compete in a four-way meet at Hug High.

Mike Grimes secured points for Douglas with a second-place finish in the triple jump.

Freshman Leanna Crossman took third in high jump.

The Douglas girls were without four key athletes on Saturday.

Sprinter Mona Williams suffered abdominal pains before the meet and was taken to the hospital. She had been scheduled to run the 100 meters, 200 meters, as well as the 4-by-100 and 4-by-200 relays.

McCreary said Williams was feeling better Monday, and could be cleared by her doctor to compete this weekend.

Also missing were: Kit Cressaty (100 and 200 meters), ankle injury; Christina Morgan (discus), college visit; and Kathleen McSweeney (distance events), family commitment. All three should be back this weekend, McCreary said.