Vaulter sets meet record

By Lisa Kilborn / Staff Writer of The Dallas Morning News
Published 03-28-1999


Killeen Ellison pole vaulter Rocky Danners Jr. soared 16 feet, 7 inches Saturday at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays to set his fourth meet record of the season.

"I always want the record," said Danners, who jumped 17 feet in the Lancaster Classic at DeSoto. "Whatever it is, I'm going for it."

His other records were set at Belton (15-0) and Longview (16-0).

Half an hour after Saturday's vault, Danners ran back onto the field looking refreshed. He proceeded to win the 300-meter hurdles in 37:07.

Danners (5-10, 145 pounds) also is an aspiring decathlete, said Killeen's Jack Chapman, a former pole vaulter who helps coach him.

Danners' performances lifted Ellison to the Class 5A team championship with 1421/2 points. Mesquite Poteet amassed 101 points for the 4A title.

Jake Repp Run

Jesuit sprinter Jake Repp, a Paralympic athlete who will walk on at TCU, won the inaugural Jake Repp Run, a 100-meter amputee invitational that featured some of the nation's best.

Repp, a below-knee amputee who runs for Jesuit's track team, won in 12.41 seconds. Repp, who will compete in next month's Penn Relays, had run only against able-bodied competitors this year until this meet.

"That really prepared me," Repp said, "but it's not about winning as much as letting people see what amputees can achieve. A lot of people got to see what we can do. That meant so much more to me than winning, but I liked that, too."

Big sprint

Big Spring's Tory Mitchell, who ran a 10.12 last year at a national meet, won the 100-meter dash in 10.57. He burst ahead of the field and won easily.

Mitchell, the Class 4A defending state champion, had hoped to run against Fort Worth Dunbar twins Jerrod and Jerome Braziel, two of the state's fastest sprinters. Jesuit-Sheaner Relays organizers had expected them, but the TCU signees competed in a Fort Worth meet instead.

"I was very disappointed that they weren't here," Mitchell said, "because they are supposed to be really, really fast. I hope I get to run against them at the Texas Relays next week. They're the only ones I can think of who might be able to beat me."

Lancaster relay wins

Lancaster edged Ennis for its first sprint relay championship after finishing second twice.

Lancaster sophomore Armon Dorrough held off Ennis anchor Demarcus McDade to win in 41.59 seconds. Ennis finished in 41.71.

Anthony Archie, Randall Woods and Jacques Reeves ran the first three legs for Lancaster.

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Lisa Kilborn / Staff Writer of The Dallas Morning News, Vaulter sets meet record., 03-28-1999, pp 25B.