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Tigers shine at state track meet

by Chuck Smock

Douglas junior Chris Chappell continued his climb toward a state record and senior Jenny Smokey finished her DHS athletics career in style at the state track and field meet in Las Vegas over the weekend.

Chappell claimed the state championship in the pole vault with a personal-best and school-record jump of 15 feet, 3 inches. The state meet marked the fourth consecutive competition in which Chappell upped the Douglas record.

He made three attempts at 15-8, but couldn’t establish a new state record. That will have to wait until next year.

“Chris jumped real well,” DHS coach Aubrey McCreary said. “I think he’s a little further along than he thought he was. He needs to enjoy what he did this year and then get ready to get back to work.”

Smokey ran a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 22.78 seconds to finish second in the 800-meter run, was fourth in the 1,600 meters and helped the Douglas 4-by-800 relay team to a second-place finish with a school-record time of 9:48.07.

Kelly Mogab, Annie Gastelum and Rebecca Pope joined Smokey on the 4-by-800 team, leading the Douglas girls to an 11th-place finish in the team standings with 28 points.

“I was real happy with the girls’ performance,” McCreary said. “It was really exciting.”

Gastelum, Mogab and Smokey were teammates with Kathleen McSweeney and Jenelle Timmons last fall on the Douglas cross country team that won the 4A state championship.

Mogab turned in a seventh-place in the 3,200 meters at state, while Pope finished seventh in the 1,600 meters.

Douglas senior Christina Morgan also earned points for the Tigers, taking sixth place in the discus with a toss of 117 feet, 5 inches.

Sophomore Gabe Hatchett finished fifth in both the 300 intermediate hurdles and the 110 high hurdles. Hatchett had hopes of top-three finishes in each event.

“I think Gabe was a little disappointed, but two fifth-place finishes at state by a sophomore isn’t bad,” McCreary said.

Hatchett, Jayson Scheetz, Josh Nussbaum and Jared Kenison teamed up for a seventh-place finish in the 4-by-400 relay.