Douglas dazzles at track meet |

Douglas dazzles at track meet

by Chuck smock

More than a dozen impressive individual performances highlighted the Douglas track team’s first meet of the season Saturday at Carson High.

The Douglas boys and girls each finished third in the team standings of the three-way meet, featuring South Tahoe and Carson.

“The biggest thing I was excited about is it was a good, positive way to start the season,” DHS head coach Keith Cole said. “I was very impressed. It was good to see the team perform like that.

“I think we have a shot to do well in a lot of events this year. I think we’re going to continue to get better and we’re going to surprise some people. We dominated some events Saturday and I think that’s fantastic.”

Carson won the boys’ meet with 62 points, South Tahoe was second at 61 points and Douglas had 49 points.

The Carson girls piled up 78 points to win their title. South Tahoe had 57 points and Douglas finished with 38.

Senior Jason Jarrett led the Douglas boys with two first-place finishes. He won the pole vault with a jump of 13 feet, 9 inches, which equaled his personal best and is nearly two feet higher than the 12-0 he cleared last spring at the zone meet. He won the event by more than four feet.

Jarrett said training three days a week last summer with coach Paul Hegler and the Lake Tahoe Pole Vault Club has been the key to his dramatic improvement.

Jarrett also won the triple jump with a personal-best leap of 39-4.

Senior J.P. Patay won the long jump and finished second in the triple jump. He beat South Tahoe’s Jake Hurwitz in the long jump with an effort of 19 5 1/4, and went 38-2 in the triple jump.

Josh Nussbaum cruised to a first-place finish in the 300 intermediate hurdles. The Tiger senior crossed the line in 45.33 seconds to win the event by more than three seconds.

Freshman Drew Bateman won the 110 high hurdles in 19.7.

Nussbaum, Bateman, Jared Kenison and Craig Bell teamed up to win the 4×400 relay in 3:56.01. South Tahoe was second in 4:10.16.

In the girls’ meet, Douglas sophomore Rebecca Pope paced the Tigers with two individual victories. Pope won the 800 meters in 2:38.03 and dusted the field in the 1,600 with a time of 5:36.10, winning by nearly 40 seconds.

“The good times and the good racing continue for Rebecca Pope,” Cole said. “She did exactly what I expected her to do. She went out and dominated the field, and I think we’ll see more of that this season.”

Tiger freshman Taryn Joyce-Mendive turned in a similarly dominating performance in the 3,200 meters. She clocked a time of 13:30.72 to win by more than one minute.

Joyce-Mendive also finished second in the 800 meters in 2:46.44.

Douglas sophomore Lianna Crossman won the high jump with a personal-best effort of 5-0. Crossman took second place in the triple jump at 31-6, missing a second individual title by only three inches.

“It was a great day for Lianna,” Cole said. “She really put on a heck of a show. Winning the high jump was a great way to start the season, especially since we’ve done virtually no work on the high jump in practice.”

Megan Brinkmeyer finished second in the 110 high hurdles in 18.81.

And Jennifer Kirkland took third place in the 400 meters in 1:17.90.

Also bringing home top-three finishes for the Douglas boys were Matt Parra (second in the pole vault, 9-6), Scott Forrester (second in the 800 meters, 2:13 84) and Sean Linehan (third in the 400 meters, 1:01.96).

The Douglas boys and girls will travel to Sparks on Friday for a four-way meet at Reed High that is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. The Tigers will compete against Fallon, Galena and Reed.