Hatchett wins the 100-meter hurdles, Smokey earns individual top-three finish
Gabe Hatchett won the 300-meter hurdles at the Reed-Sparks Rotary Invitational on Saturday at Reed High, giving the Tigers their lone individual victory in a competitive meet that featured two dozen top teams from Nevada and Northern California.
Hatchett clocked a time of 40.43 seconds and won the race by nearly a full second. The sophomore is closing in on the school record of 40.03.
“I think he should be able to break 40 (seconds) by the end of the season,” Douglas coach Jan McCreary said. “Even with that time on Saturday, he hit two hurdles.”
The Tigers finished 12th in the team standings with 1812 points. Reed won the event with 12512 points.
Jenny Smokey was the lone Douglas girl to earn an individual top-three finish. The Douglas senior took second in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 28.36 seconds. She was also second in the 1,600 meters in 5:29.05.
The DHS girls’ 3,200-meter relay team of Smokey, Rebecca Pope, Annie Gastelum and Kelly Mogab was second (10:13.96) behind Reno (10:08.82).
The Douglas girls finished seventh as a team with 33 points. Reno scored 12512 points to win the girls’ meet. Reed was second with 117 points and Nevada Union of Grass Valley, Calif., was third at 109.
“I think the girls did real well,” McCreary said. “There was a lot of good competition.
“We were a little disappointed in our boys’ relay teams. Every one either dropped the baton or had a bad handoff.”
The Tigers were without pole vaulter Chris Chappell, who was competing at an invitational meet in California.
They also lost a chance to pick up more points when Jason Scheetz was disqualified for a false start in the 400 meters. It had been more than a month since the senior had had a chance to compete in the 400, his favorite event.
The Douglas squad will compete in the final conference meet of the season at Reed High today. The meet will help DHS coaches determine who goes on to compete at the varsity level and who goes to the junior varsity championships on May 4 at Reed High. The top four athletes in each event will continue the quest for individual state championships.
“We’re still making a few changes in some of our relay teams,” McCreary said. “Gabe (Hatchett) will go into 4-by-400 relay and the open 200 (meters) and drop the high jump.”
Hatchett jumped a personal best 5 feet, 11 inches on Saturday. Five jumpers went over 6 feet.
On Saturday, the Tigers will compete in the Carson Invitational at Carson High.