|Hobbled Wildcats still manage third place team finish|
|From Staff Reports|
March 31, 2004 -- MESQUITE -- Hobbled by pulled muscles and sore hips, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats still managed a third place team finish Friday at the Skeeter Relays at Hanby Stadium.
The Wildcats were the top 4A team at the meet, scoring 83 points to finish behind Class 5A South Garland (114 points) and host Mesquite (108).
Behind 35 combined points from junior jumper Rolaundo Wright and junior sprinter Keelan Green and a first-place finish from pole vaulter Jayden Spencer, the Wildcats overcame nagging injuries to three front-line sprinters/jumpers in Kendall Wright, Trey Hall and Jonathan Lindley.
Wright was the team's high-point individual after winning the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, five inches, and placing second in the high jump at 6-0.
"Rolaundo was the surprise because that's only the third time he's triple jumped," said SSHS head coach Robert Wallace. "And this is the second meet in a row he's taken second in the high jump."
Jonathan Lindley, in the triple jump for the first time this year after pulling a muscle at the first meet, placed third with a 41-8 attempt.
Green won again in the 200 meters in 21.96 seconds, a time approaching the school record of 21.80 seconds set in 1992 by Chris Wright.
Wallace said he and two other unofficial timers had Green running under the school record, but the official result was slower.
Green also ran a leg on the winning 4x200 relay. He and Ivan Beard both ran in the low 22's, teaming with John Hall and a gimpy Trey Hall to clock a 1:32.03.
"Trey Hall tried to run, but pulled up about 50 meters short and still managed to finish, and we won the event," said Wallace. "Every meet this year, we've gotten first in at least one relay."
In the 4x100 relay, Green ran a sub-10 second split on the curve and gave the baton to Kendall Wright in first place. But, Wright's hip flexor flared up and SSHS finished fourth. Wright then scratched out of the hurdles, which Wallace said he likely would have won had he been healthy.
In the field events, Spencer set a personal best with a 12-0 pole vault, winning the event and giving him the highest vault this season in district. Jordan Jones matched his season-best in the shot put with a 47-2 throw for fourth place.
Distance runner Graham Northcutt took fifth in the 1,600 in a time of 4:53.00, while John Hall placed fifth in the 100 at 11.18, while Paul Hitt placed sixth in the 110 high hurdles in 16.23.
The Wildcats will return to action Friday afternoon with a meet at Whitehouse.
Logan Turner won the 300 intermediate hurdles and Jermaine Wright won gold in 200-meter dash as the JV Wildcats scored 55 points to place fifth in the team standings.
Turner ran a 43.34 to win the 300 hurdles and placed third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.89.
Wright not only won the 200 in 22.65 seconds, but also ran a leg on the 800 relay, which placed third in 1:35.78, and the sprint relay, which came in fourth in 45.37. Also running on the 800 relay were Robert Finnie, Tyler Rhoades and Brandon Clayton. Clayton also ran on the sprint relay along with Colby Mills and Clay Wilks.
In the field events, Clayton placed sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 37-2, Bryan Ballard was fourth with a pole vault of 10-0, and Jacob Jenkins took fourth in the discus with a throw of 116-4.