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Dixon doubles his pleasure at state

Chase Dixon didn’t have his best day on the track Friday night at the CIF State Championships at Cerritos College in Southern California.

But, by anyone else’s standards, it was a pretty darned good night.

Dixon was just one of two hurdlers to qualify for the state finals in both of his events, even though the Nevada Union senior didn’t turn in his top times in either race. The other two-race hurdler is Cal Poly’s Stallone Watson.

Dixon will be back in the running for a state championship, when the 110 high hurdles finals start at 4:45 p.m. today, followed by the 300 intermediate hurdles at 6 p.m.

“I’m feeling it,” Dixon said by phone Friday night. “I’ve got nothing left on the track after tomorrow. It’s all going on the track. I’m not going to bring anything back home with me.”

Except, perhaps, a CIF medallion?

“Definitely,” he said. “I’m hoping to bring that home.”

Dixon turned in a time of 14.45 seconds in the 110 hurdles, which was still off his personal best of 14.1 seconds.

“And we got a wind shift just before he ran,” said NU coach Jim Worthy. “He ran into a head wind, while the others had a tailwind behind them.”

In the 300 hurdles, Dixon won his heat race by clocking a 38.08, which qualified him fourth in Friday’s trials. His personal best is 37.73.

“Overall, he’s got his work cut out for him,” Worthy said. “There were some 37.4s and 37.5s in there. But if he puts it all together, it could be a good night for him.

“He’s done a stellar job and we’ll be proud of him, regardless. But getting into the (state) finals – in two events – is still a very big deal.”

To contact Sports Editor Brian Hamilton, e-mail bhamilton@theunion.com or call 477-4240.

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