|JV girls are district track champions|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
April 19, 2004 -- GREENVILLE -- Led by dominating performances in the distant events, the Sulphur Springs JV girls won the District 11-4A track and field championship last week. The SSHS JV boys finished third at the meet.
Sophomores Kelli Osborn and Makenzie Kelty and freshman Jill Wood each won a distant event, and each girl also finished second in another event to help lead the Lady Cats to 167 total points. Chelsea Stovall also won a gold medal in the triple jump.
Kaitlyn Black, Whitney Jordan, Mercedes Brown and Sara Petty all won multiple medals as well.
The Lady Cats finished first and second in all three distance events to account for 54 points.
Wood and Kelty finished 1-2 in the 3,200-meter run to score Sulphur Springs' first points of the meet with times of 14:20 and 14:46, respectively. They also came back in the 1,600 with Kelty winning in a time of 6:33, and Wood placing second in 6:38.
Osborn won the 800-meter run in a time of 3:11, with Michelle Gregory second in 3:15. Osborn also placed second in the high jump with a personal best of 4-8, and was sixth in the long jump at 12-9 1/2.
She also placed second in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:11, followed closely by Black in second place at 1:12 and Jordan in third at 1:13.
Stovall, a freshman, won the triple jump with a 30-3 leap. She also ran on all three relays, which placed second or third. The 400-meter relay, composed of Black, Brown, Petty and Stovall, was second in 57.70. The same foursome took third in the 800 relay in 2:05. The 1,600 relay of Jordan, Brown, Petty and Stovall was also second in a time of 5:05.
Individually, Jordan also placed second in the 200-meter dash in a time of 30.28, Brown was third in the 100 in 14.11 and Gregory was fourth in 15.39, Hope Grimes finished fourth in both the long jump (13-1) and 100 hurdles (19.43), Kaila Petty was third in the discus (71-9), Whitney McDaniel fifth in the shot put, and Taryn Clayton sixth in the pole vault.
Hurdler Logan Turner and pole vaulter Patrick Whitehead won the boys gold medals, as the Wildcats finished third overall with 118 points. Sherman finished first with 165 points.
Turner won the 300 hurdles in a time of 43.07, while teammate Chris Young was fifth in 44.57. Turner also ran a leg on the 1,600 relay along with Chad Rocker, Tyler Rhodes and Aaron Williams to finish third in a time of 3:45.80.
Whitehead took first in the pole vault with a 10-6 effort, while teammate Bryan Ballard was second at 10-0.
In the other field events, Brandon Clayton was second in the triple jump with a leap of 40-8 1/2, while Rhodes finished fifth at 37-5 and Williams was sixth at 37-3. Clayton also placed second in the high jump with a 5-6 mark, with Turner and Williams placing fifth and sixth after each cleared 5-0.
In the long jump, Robert Finnie took third with an 18-7 effort, while Clayton was sixth (17-11). Colt Hooten was sixth in the shot put with a throw of 38-11.
In the other running events, Colby Mills placed third in the 100 with a 11.66 clocking, and Kasie Carroll was third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:10.22, and Gerardo Yanez was fifth in 5:15.16. Yanez also placed sixth in the 3,200 (12:14.77).
Keith Harris placed fourth in the 800 in 2:15.78, while Chad Rocker was fourth (55.50) and Chaz Chennault sixth (56.90) in the 400. In the 110 hurdles, Daymon Nash was fourth (16.96) and Young fifth (17.73).
The 4x200 relay team, composed of Rocker, Rhodes, Clayton and Finnie, was third in 1:37.13, and the sprint relay team of Mills, Clay Wilks, Clayton and Finnie was fifth in 45.33.