Green, Wright set more records
From Staff Reports

May 10, 2004 -- MESQUITE -- Sulphur Springs and North Hopkins tracksters both brought home a pair of gold medals -- and the Wildcats secured two more school records -- at Friday's State Qualifiers Meet at Hanby Stadium.

Both of the Wildcats who will be running Friday at the UIL State Track and Field Meet not only ran their fastest times of the year, but the best times in school history.

Senior Kendall Wright won gold in the 110-meter high hurdles, running a school record time of 13.91 seconds, which shattered by more than 2/10ths of a second the school record of 14.13 he set at the District 11-4A meet in Greenville.

Junior Keelan Green also set a school mark in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.52, which chipped 1/100th of a second off the school record of 10.53 he set two weeks ago at a regional qualifiers meet also at Hanby.

Both times put them as serious medal contenders heading into the state meet, which is scheduled for May 14-15 at Mike Meyers Stadium on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

Wright, who usually has a great jump out of the blocks, stumbled at the start of the race on Friday but recovered to win the meet because he did not hit a hurdle, said coach Brad Turner.

Green got a good start out of the blocks, which he did not do in coming from behind to place second at the regional meet, and beat the rest of the field in the premiere sprinting event.

At the state meet, Wright will run at 7:05 p.m. Friday, while Green will go at 7:20 p.m.

GIRLS

North Hopkins also took home a pair of gold medals when senior Mary Casey won the 3,200-meter run and Kate Hollenshead was first in the 800-meter dash.

Led by those winning performances, the North Hopkins girls scored 38 points to win the meet.

Freshman Sabra Thomas was fifth in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600, while classmate Ebbonye Johnson equaled her career best with a leap of 5-2 in the high jump.

They are all going to the state meet along with William Johnson in the boys 400-meter dash.

Casey, who has the best time among state qualifiers in the 1,600 and the second-best time in the 3,200, didn't run her fastest time at the qualifiers meet, but she competed after participating in softball practice that morning. In the 1,600, she clocked a 5:37.16.

In winning the 800, Hollenshead came in at 2:37.89, which was about five seconds off her fastest time of the year.

Casey and Thomas will run at 9 a.m. Friday in Austin in the 3,200, then come back Saturday afternoon to compete in the 1,600. The other state events involving NH runners will all be Saturday afternoon.

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