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Tigers host meet at Carson High

by Chuck Smock, sports editor

Victories by Chris Chappell in the pole vault, Gabe Hatchett in the 110 high hurdles and the Douglas 4×400 relay team helped the Tigers to a fourth-place finish in the 27-team Rotary Invitational at Reed High in Sparks on Saturday.

Chappell cleared 15 feet, 4 inches to win the pole vault by nearly two feet. He narrowly missed on his final attempt at 15-10, which would have established a new meet record as well as a stadium record.

Hatchett defeated Galena nemesis Hamilton Ashworth in the 110 hurdles on Saturday. Ashworth won the 300 intermediate hurdles Friday night and Hatchett was third.

Hatchett anchored the Tigers’ winning 4×400 team. Josh Nussbaum, Kyle Baker and Jared Kenison ran the first three legs of the relay, helping Douglas post a time of 3 minutes, 34.07 seconds, which is the second-fastest time in Northern Nevada this season.

“That was absolutely awesome,” Douglas coach Keith Cole said. “It was so exciting to see those guys run like that. It was an amazing performance.”

Sophomore Rebecca Pope secured the only points for the Douglas girls in a highly competitive 25-team field. She finished fourth in the 1,600 meters in 5:35.

Several other Tigers turned in outstanding individual performances in an event that drew top talented teams from California, Idaho and Northern Nevada.

Scott Forrester chopped five seconds off his personal-best time in the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.

Thurman Roberts finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 146-5, which was 15 feet farther than his previous best toss.

“Thurman was really excited,” Cole said, “It was a great performance for him.”

Joe Andrews increased his PR in the discus by 10 feet with a throw of 115 feet.

The Douglas boys’ 4×100 relay team finished fourth. Matt Parra, J.P. Patay, Chappell and Kenison trimmed a full second off the Tigers best time this season.

In frosh/soph competition, Brad Bryant finished third in the 1,600 meters in 4:51, six seconds faster than his previous best.

The Tigers will host a conference meet at Carson High on Thursday beginning at 3:30 p.m.

“We’d sure love to see a lot of Douglas Tigers fans up there,” Cole said. “We like to show them what we can do. Come out and see the Tigers. We’re back and we’re feeling good, baby.”

On Saturday, the Tigers will return to Carson City for the Carson Invitational.

Cole said he’s expecting continued improvement from all of the Douglas athletes this week.

“We have to keep doing what we’re doing in practice,” the coach said. “The hard work in practice is paying big dividends on the track.”