Douglas dedicates meet to Jarrett |

Douglas dedicates meet to Jarrett

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas track and field team will enter today’s Rotary Invitational at Reed High in Sparks with plenty of incentives.

Not only will the Tigers be competing against athletes from the top teams from Northern Nevada, California and Idaho, but they’ll also be competing for teammate Jason Jarrett.

The senior pole vaulter was injured Monday night while practicing at Incline High School. He was trying to vault with a longer pole when the accident occurred, and he was flown by CareFlight to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

Jarrett’s condition was upgraded from “serious and stable” to “fair” early Thursday. According to Washoe Medical Center spokesperson Judy Davis, American Hospital Association guidelines define “fair” as: vital statistics stable and within normal limits; patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable; indicators are favorable.”

Douglas coach Keith Cole said the Tigers will wear orange tape and orange ribbons on their uniform in honor of Jarrett. He also said the team has decided to dedicate the meet to their teammate.

“The whole team is real focused on this meet,” Cole said. “I’ve heard a lot of talk from the kids about really going out and performing well for Jason. I definitely think Jason is going to be an inspiration for them.

“I think the kids are pretty fired up. We’re really going to be thinking about Jason, and we’ll be wishing he was with us, but we know he will be with us in spirit when we’re competing.”

Cole said several Tigers are poised to have big meets today.

Among them is Chris Chappell, Jarrett’s friend, training partner and fellow senior pole vaulter. Chappell cleared a personal-best and school-record 16-0 two weeks ago in Fallon.

Junior Gabe Hatchett (300 hurdles and 110 hurdles) and sophomore Rebecca Pope (1,600 meters and 800 meters) are among the fastest Northern Nevada 4A runners in each of their events.

The boys’ 4×400 team of Kyle Baker, Josh Nussbaum, Jared Kenison and Hatchett has the fifth-fastest time in the North this season.

The Douglas 4×800 team of Scott Forrester, Brad Bryant, Michael Hackler and Mason Hermosillo has the fourth-best time in Division II.

Thurman Roberts has a personal-best discus throw of 131 feet in Fallon.

Junior Megan Brinkmeyer (300 hurdles and 110 hurdles) and sophomore Lianna Crossman (long jump, high jump and triple jump) also should be in the hunt for medals.