Northcutt leads Cats to third-place CC finish
From Staff Reports

Sept. 7, 2004 - ARLINGTON - Led by sophomore Graham Northcutt, the Sulphur Springs boys cross country team placed third at their opening meet Saturday at Vandergriff Park.

The SSHS girls finished eighth out of 13 teams.

Northcutt finished fourth individually after clocking a time of 17 minutes, 5 seconds in the 3.1-mile (5 kilometer) race. It was a personal best by 50 seconds, said SSHS head coach Andy Holt.

"Graham Northcutt did really well for us," Holt said. "That was a personal best for him. He's really come along since last year.

"We did really well for the first meet of the year. We ran at the site of the regional meet, so it's really good for us to run there and get familiar with it."

Both the Sulphur Springs boys and girls qualified for the regional meet last season.

Following Northcutt was a closely-bunched group of Wildcat runners as Ty Stephens finished 20th in a time of 18:12, Kasie Carrell was 21st in 18:20 and Tate Ramirez finished 23rd in 18:29. Rounding out the top five for the Wildcats was Victor Rodriguez, 33rd in 18:44.

Also running on the Wildcat varsity was Wilson Jones (19:21), David Miranda (19:56) and Gerardo Yanez (20:09). All of the SSHS runners ran faster than their practice times, Holt said.

"We're excited about how we ran," Holt said. "Second for us was Ty Stephens, who's running really well.

"We're excited about getting that meet in. They've all been practicing for the past month, so they were excited."

GIRLS

In the two mile race, Morgan Baima, Jill Wood and Emily Bouyear finished 35th, 37th and 39th, respectively, in times of 15:07, 15:18 and 15:29 to pace the Lady Cats.

Senior Betsy Blount, a top five finisher at last year's district meet, did not run because of a volleyball commitment.

Rounding out the top five for the Lady Cats were Maria Rodriguez, 52nd in 16:12, and Makenzie Kelty in 16:26.

Gayle Grand-Lienard (16:30) and Rachel Brown (18:31) also ran on the varsity team.

Like the boys, all of the Wildcat girls ran faster than their practice times.

"Those are the same girls who were there for us last year," Holt said. "They were just ready to run, and they did well."

The SSHS teams will run at the University of Texas at Tyler on Saturday.

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