Wright's near-record performance paces Cats
From Staff Reports

March 12, 2004 -- FORNEY -- Senior Kendall Wright, closing in on a school record in the hurdles, led Sulphur Springs to its second straight team track championship Saturday when they scored 141 points at the Clay Jones Relays.

Wright won three gold medals and bronze, while pole vaulter Jayden Spencer, shot putter Jordan Jones and sprinter Keelan Green also won individual golds.

Wright won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.19 seconds, just three-hundredths of a second off the school record of 14.16 set by Chris Gibbons in 1985. Wright, in fact, ran a 14.17 in the prelims.

"He didn't get the record, but he's close," said SSHS track coach Robert Wallace. "He's real close to that."

He was followed in the race by Paul Hitt and Hunter Potts, fourth and fifth with the identical time of 16.45.

Wright also won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 39.1 seconds, and teamed with John Hall, Keenan Clayton and Green to take first place in the 400 relay in a time of 42.9. In the prelims, the foursome ran a time of 42.76, which is two-tenths of a second off the school record set in 1990.

And they're doing it without senior Jonathan Lindley, their fastest sprinter who pulled a hamstring last week.

Green won the 200 in a time of 22.54, and anchored the 800 relay's fourth-place finish with a split of 22.56. The relay team, composed of Hall, Clayton and Reeves, ran a 1:33.5.

Trey Hall, a member of the 800 and 1,600 relays, came up injured in the 200 prelims and had to be replaced.

"Everything improved except for some of the relays that changed and we had to sub in at the last second," Wallace said. "Other than that, we improved our times in just about everything."

The Wildcats also came through in the distance events as sophomore Tyler Tyndell, running in his final meet for the Wildcats before he moves to Paris, placed second in both the 3,200 and 1,600. He ran a 10:05 in the two-mile race, followed by Chris Bennett in sixth at 11:26. Tyndell and Ty Stephens were second and third, respectively, in the metric mile.

In the 800, Stephens took another third-place finish with a time of 2:11.

In the 100, John Hall placed fourth in 11.27.

Over at the field events, Spencer won his second straight pole vault competition with a leap of 13-0. Zach Wilhite placed sixth at 10-6.

Jones also won a gold for the second meet in a row by throwing the shot 47-2, and Clint Payne took second with an effort of 45-8.5. Jones grabbed a fourth in the discus with a toss of 122-3.

Rolaundo Wright cleared 6-0 to place fourth in the high jump.

The Wildcats will compete Friday at the Jacket Relays in Rockwall. Running events begin at 3:30 p.m. with the 3,200-meter run.

JV Results

Freshman Logan Turner took third in the 110-meter high hurdles, and the 400 relay team also earned a bronze for the Wildcats' best finishes.

Turner ran the hurdles in 16.9 seconds, while the relay team of Colby Mills, Clay Wilks, Jermaine Wright and Brandon Clayton clocked a 45.8.

The 800 relay team of Clayton, Wilks, Wright and Tyler Rhoades placed fifth in 1:39.0.

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