SSHS runners tuning up for district meet
From Staff Reports

Oct. 18, 2004 - PARIS - In their final tune-up before the district meet next Thursday, the Sulphur Springs cross country teams got a glimpse of the course they'll be running for the 12-4A race. It was a good thing.

SSHS sophomore Graham Northcutt finished second individually, leading the Wildcats to a second-place finish, after miscalculating the course on the North Lamar campus.

When Mount Vernon's Chris Pearson took off with a late burst, Northcutt thought there was still about a half-mile to go on the 3.1-mile course, said SSHS coach Andy Holt. Northcutt finished in 17 minutes, 1 second, beating all of his district competitors, including Paris' Tyler Tyndell and Ben Donnan, who finished 1-2 at district last year.

"Graham ran well, but he got confused on the course. He thought they still had about a half-mile to go. When the Mount Vernon runner made his move, Graham didn't understand why. I talked to the Eustace coach and they had the same problem," Holt said. "That's another reason why we went over there now, so when it comes to district they'll know the course and know it well."

Victor Rodriguez was a solid runner for the Cats, coming in 13th in a time of 18:14, followed closely by Wilson Jones in 15th (18:20), Tate Ramirez in 16th (18:31) and Ty Stephens in 18th in a time of 18:45. Stephens is normally the Wildcats' second-best runner, but Holt said he is suffering from shin splints and it showed in his time.

Rounding out the team, Kasie Carrell was 21st in 19:25 and Gerardo Yanez finished in 20:18.

The SSHS girls were paced by senior Betsy Blount and sophomore Jill Wood, who finished 14th and 15th individually in 13:33 and 13:34, respectively, on the two-mile course.

"Those girls are really competing and pushing each other," Holt said.

Overall, the SSHS girls finished fourth behind North Lamar, Eustace and Mount Vernon.

Emily Bouyear was 19th in time of 13:57, Maria Rodriguez was 20th in 14:05 and Makenzie Kelty was 27th in 14:31. Morgan Baima was a step behind in 28th and Tess Bragg in 29th.

Gayle Grand-Lienard finished 12th in the JV competition in a time of 14:18, which will put her on the varsity team for the district meet, Holt said.

The Sulphur Springs teams need to place in the top two at the district meet to advance to regional competition.

JUNIOR VARSITY

In the JV competition, the SSHS boys were led by Quinton Larry in a time of 20:45, followed by Ryan Brown in 20:50, Eric Hartin (no time), James Hagan 21:35 and Mike Walley in 22:15.

In the girls division, Grand-Lienard was the top SSHS runner, followed by Nancy Iberra, 28th place in a time of 15:41, and Rachel Brown, 34th in 15:52.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Chris White was the only boy runner for SSMS, and he ran the two-mile course in 13:39. For the girls, Bonnie Grafton finished in 15:02, and Cecily Adams in 15:17.

North Hopkins won the boys' division with 38 points. The Panthers had four boys in the top 15 as Jose Cadena was second in 11:37, Erick Perez placed third in 11:38, Larenzo Rivera was sixth in 12:06, and Colton Boyd finished 14th in 12:40. Also running for NH was Juan Delgado (13:03), Colt Baxter (13:51), Eric Martin (14:23), Dylon Horne (15:28) and Patrick Gold (17:50).

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