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Going to state

Nevada Union just scored two major victories in school history Friday as the track and field team’s hurdler Chase Dixon advanced to the CIF State competition in the 300-meter hurdles and the 110 high-hurdles.

Dixon crossed the state threshold in his first event, sprinting to a literal photo-finish in the 110 hurdles in 14.11 – a personal best and good for third place in the event at the Masters finals in Sacramento.

“There was about six inches of separation between all of the guys,” NU coach Jim Worthy said. “That’s not a whole lot of room.”

The event coordinators had to check photographs to determine the winner, whom Dixon trailed by only six one-hundredths of a second.

But it didn’t take long for Dixon to make good on all of his hard work to get to this point. He gutted out a win in the 300 hurdles in 37.71, putting him on top of the Sac-Joaquin Section in the event.

He’s only the second Miner to reach the state finals as a hurdler and the first boy, Worthy said.

“I think we should call that the first ‘young man’ after what he’s done,” Worthy said.

Dixon will be matched up with the best of the state in the CIF state trials May 30 with the championships held May 31.

“Before both races, it didn’t matter who was in the race,” Dixon said of Friday’s accomplishments. “I just had to tell myself I could do this. I tried to be real confident and it worked.

“I’m hoping to get to the state finals now in both of my races,” he continued. “My goal is to medal in one of them in state. But it’s the icing on the cake right now. Whatever I do after this win is just extra.”

Coaches may submit Local Roundup items by contacting The Union Sports Editor Brian Hamilton via e-mail at bhamilton@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4240. Deadline for submissions is 10 p.m.

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