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Dixon medals in both hurdle events

In the end, Nevada Union hurdler Chase Dixon was so tired he was falling asleep at the dinner table in Southern California.

He had just run in the CIF Track & Field State Championships at Cerritos College, medaling in both the 110-meter and 300 hurdles, the last of which may have put him over the edge.

“I was really starting to feel the whole weekend before the (300),” Dixon said. “I kept hitting the hurdles. Like the fourth, fifth and sixth ones … maybe the seventh one. I really just tried to push and push.”

Dixon knows all about pushing. In his first meet of the day, the 110-meter hurdles, he pushed himself to the front of the pack before being slowed by hitting two hurdles. He finished in 14.3 seconds for sixth place. It was still good enough to beat fellow Sierra Foothill Leaguer Aaron Burney (14.4 seconds), whom he hadn’t beaten all season long, Nevada Union coach Jim Worthy said.

“(If he wouldn’t have hit those hurdles), I think he probably would’ve gotten second or third in the 110,” Worthy said. “Because he probably would’ve run at, or better, than he did last week.”

Dixon ran the 110 hurdles in 14.1 last week at the Sac-Joaquin Section championships. The winner of Saturday’s event, Devron Walker of Dominguez, ran it in a 13.9.

The Miner wasn’t finished with the accolades yet, though. He stepped into the 300 hurdles race, one of two people to qualify in both events, and lagged a bit off the mark.

“As soon as I got out it wasn’t the greatest start,” Dixon said. “Everybody just got out real fast.”

Dixon fell to the back of the pack, hitting the fourth and fifth hurdles as he passed them. But then something clicked.

“What’s really kind of neat, and kinda dang about the race was at the 200-meter mark he was in last place,” Worthy said. “But then he kicked it and he hauled in everybody. If he had 20 more meters he would’ve beat everyone. You should’ve heard the crowd roar. He went from ninth to fourth in 60 meters roughly. He almost caught the third place guy at the line.”

Dixon finished in fourth place after running in 38.18 seconds, making him the only runner to medal in both events.

“It’s really satisfying,” Dixon said. “It’s sweet just going to the meet. It was my goal, just a couple weeks, to medal in both events. I’m just glad I did it.”

So what’s next for NU’s senior?

“Next is rest,” he said. “Just enjoying my summer. I have a lot of resting to do.”

And after that, he’ll pick up where he left off in the hurdles running for Butte College.

To contact Sports Writer Zuri Berry, e-mail zberry@theunion.com or call 477-4244.

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