Douglas junior takes third at state meet |

Douglas junior takes third at state meet

by Chuck Smock

Douglas junior Gabe Hatchett sprinted to a third place finish Friday in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state track and field meet at Reed High.

“I came out feeling pretty good,” Hatchett said. “I was mentally prepared. I wasn’t intimidated by these Vegas guys.”

Ray Brown from Reed High won the race in 14.41 seconds. Durango’s Ransom Minyard was second at 14.43. Hatchett set a personal record and a school record with a time of 14.74.

Hatchett said he worked on his start this week, but it was his finish Friday that carried him to a top three placing in a race he entered with the sixth-fastest time in the field.

“My start wasn’t as good as I expected but I started gaining speed toward the end,” Hatchett said. “I came off the last hurdle with a lot of speed and momentum and dug hard to the finish line.”

Hatchett will team with Matt Parra, Chris Chappell, and J.P. Patay today in the 4×100 relay. That race is scheduled to start at 2:15 at Reed High.

Hatchett will also run in the 300 intermediate hurdles at 3 p.m.

Chappell will try to defend his state title in the pole vault at noon.

Douglas sophomore Rebecca Pope will run the 1600 meters at 1:50 p.m.

Douglas coach Keith Cole said Hatchett’s performance in the 110 hurdles could set the tone for the rest of the Tigers today.

“Gabe had a really good run today,” Cole said. “He really turned it on at the end. What a great way to start the track meet for us. The kids who were up here watching him were really excited for him.”