Wright turns up golden for SSHS
From Staff Reports

March 5, 2004 -- MESQUITE -- Senior Kendall Wright brought home five gold medals, the maximum allowed, and pole vaulter Jaden Spencer added another first place finish, leading the Sulphur Springs track squad to a team championship Saturday at the Ben Robertson Relays.

Wright took first place in the triple jump, long jump, 110-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles and ran the anchor leg on the winning 400-meter relay team.

He paced the Wildcats to 138 points, sweeping past No. 2 Forney with 92.5.

Spencer jumped 11-6 to win the pole vault.

The Wildcats had good success in the relays. Not only did they win the sprint relay with a time of 43.35, they also won the 800 relay (1:30.7), took second in the 1,600 relay (3:38.00) and sprint medley (1:41.50), third in the middle-distance relay (11:40.90), and fourth in the 4x800 relay (8:55.20).

Also running on the sprint relay was Keelan Green, Keenan Clayton and John Hall. Jonathan Lindley was scheduled to run, but pulled a muscle on his first long jump attempt and did not participate after that.

Hall and Clayton teamed with Ivan Beard and Tory Mathies in the sprint medley, with Clayton having the best time of 9.5 on 100-meter leg of the relay.

Hall and Clayton also ran on the 800 relay along with Green and Trey Hall. Green had the best split with a 21.92 on the opening leg. In the mile relay, Beard, Mathies and Trey Hall joined with Zach Reeves to post a 3:38. Hall's 51.33 split was the best of the foursome.

Graham Northcutt and Ty Stephens both ran on the 4x800 and the middle distance relays. Northcutt had the top 800 split with a 2:08. They were joined by Keith Harris, Chris Bennett, Rolaundo Wright and Tyler Tyndell.

Tyndell, a state qualifier in cross country, took fourth in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 10 minutes, 24 seconds.

Kendall Wright garnered two of his gold medals in the field events, taking first in the long jump with a leap of 20-9 1/2, and in the triple jump with a 43-5 mark.

He won the 110-meter high hurdles with a 14.96 clocking, while teammate Paul Hitt was second at 16.13. Wright also was first in the 300 hurdles with a 40.90 time.

Rolaundo Wright was third in the high jump with a 5-8 leap, and Jordan Jones took third in the shot put with a toss of 46-6 3/4.

The Wildcats will travel to Forney on Saturday for the Clay Jones Relays. The meet will have about 20 teams including such standouts as Dallas Lincoln and Wilmer-Hutchins.

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