Northcutt reaches preseason goals
From Staff Reports

Nov. 15, 2004 - ROUND ROCK - Before the cross country season started, Graham Northcutt wrote down three goals. Saturday at Old Settler's Park, he reached the last one.

Northcutt, a Sulphur Springs sophomore, finished 36th out of more than 110 runners at the Class 4A state meet, which met his final goal for the season. He ran the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes, 30 seconds, which was his fastest time of the year at that distance.

In the girls 2A race, Como-Pickton freshman Bethanie Stinson also placed in the top 40 with a 38th-place posting.

Northcutt's time and place met two of the goals he had, including finishing in the top 40 at state, the top 10 at regional and the top two in district.

"He reached the goals he set. He competed well and had a good meet," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "He had a very good time."

Last year, that time would have placed him in the top 15. In 2002, it would have gotten him in the top 10.

"Graham was pleased with his time, but he wasn't real pleased with his place," Holt said. "It was just great competition this year. The competition was phenomenal."

Northcutt ran the first mile in 4:46, which was as fast he had ever been timed, even on the track.

"That shows he's getting better," Holt said. "The strategy was to kind of just see what he can do. I challenged him to run with the top dogs to see if he could maintain it.

"That was a different kind of strategy, but there wasn't a whole lot of pressure on him being a sophomore. He exceeded every expectation I had going into the season."

Christopher West of Lockhart won the race in a time of 15:20.75.

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Stinson, a C-P ninth-grader came in 38th place out of 109 runners in the 2A division. She ran the two-mile course in 12:40.

The district champion, she finished in the top 10 at region to qualify for the state meet.

Leigh Berger of Weimar was the state champion in a time of 11:35.70.

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