SSHS boys win team title; NH's Hollenshead wins again
From Staff Reports

Sept. 20, 2004 - COOPER LAKE - The Sulphur Springs boys took the team championship at the North Hopkins Invitational cross country meet on Saturday, and the North Hopkins girls finished second in their division on a challenging, hilly course.

Local runners performed well as SSHS sophomore Graham Northcutt finished second in his race, and North Hopkins' Kate Hollenshead and Sabra Thomas placed first and third on the girls' side.

BOYS

Northcutt finished three seconds second behind Mount Vernon senior Chris Pearson, a state qualifier in the 1,600 last year, in a time of 16 minutes, 23 seconds. He was followed by teammate Ty Stephens in fourth and Victor Rodriguez in 11th.

The Wildcats 80 points to win the meet, with McLeod second at 110, Trenton third with 145 points, and North Hopkins fourth with 177.

Northcutt's time was about nine seconds slower than the personal best he set last week, but SSHS coach Andy Holt said it was probably because of the hilly course.

"Our guys really ran well this weekend. We had a pretty good idea going in that we were going to be at the top if we ran the way we're supposed to. Graham Northcutt did that.," Holt said. 'He got beat in the last 100 yards or so, and the Mount Vernon who beat him went to state last year. That gives Graham an idea of where he's at."

Stephens and Rodriguez finished in 16:58 and 17:30, respectively. Each of them were slightly over their personal bests. Wilson Jones ran the 3.1-mile course in 18:11, his best time of the season, while freshman Tate Ramirez was 36th in 18:33.

Kasie Carrell came in 39th in 18:45, and David Miranda was 45th in 19:00.

"Ty and Victor ran really well again, they've been our No. 2 and No. 3 runners all year," Holt said. "Wilson Jones really stepped up and ran a good race. He had been our No. 6 runner, and he finished fourth this week.

"Our guys are doing a good job this year, really putting in the time and effort, and it's really starting to show."

North Hopkins was led by Pedro Gonzales, who came in 13th place in 17:34, and Adam Vitro, who was 16th in 17:39. Raul Delgado finished 28th in 18:15, Jake Cockrum was 52nd in 19:16, and Tito Fuentes finished 68th in 19:49. Travis Tatum (20:37) also ran.

Sulphur Bluff finished 16th in the team standings. They were led by W.O. McCormick, who ran a 19:26;. Other Bear runners were Merced Rodriguez, 21:16; Josh Danzer, 21:16; Joe Messick, 21:47; and Sam Woody, 29:06.

Yantis was 17th team-wise, with the following runners: Freddie Comacho, 22:30; David Gonya, 22:39; Patrick McKinney, 25:19; Charles Mathews, 26:25; and Michael Hurley, 28:03.

In the JV division, Sulphur Springs finished in second place behind a fifth-place finish from Gerardo Yanez in 18:12, and a sixth-place time of 19:01 by Ryan Brown. Braden Womack came in 16th in 19:47, Eric Hartin was 24th in 20:25 and James Hagan finished 29th in 20:36.

Others running were Quinton Larry, 22:33, Mike Walley, 22:55, Joel Thompson, 25:08, and Gary Grey, 25:09.

Como-Pickton JV boys were led by Alex Mowat, 23rd in 20:25. Other runners were Tony Mercado, 20:32, Salvador Mejia, 21:24, Johnathan Garrett, 21:37, and Anthone Low, 23:35.

In the junior high division, Sulphur Springs Dylan Rutherford finished second in a time of 12:12 after winning his first meet of the season last week. This week, he had three teammates as Chris White came in 39th in 14:29, Brandon Harry finished in 15:36, and Bailey Booher came across in 17:29.

Como-Pickton had four boys in the junior high division, with Jimmy Lara topping the list with a 20th-place finish out of 166 runners. Phillips Cox finished in 14:05, Dylan Mowat in 15:11, and Austin Darby in 20:31.

GIRLS

North Hopkins' Kate Hollenshead won her third meet of the season, finishing the two-mile course in 12:49. Teammate Sabra Thomas was third in 13:10 and Ebbonye Johnson came in 10th in 13:49.

But, McLeod edged out the Lady Panthers for the team title, 90-91. Sulphur Springs finished tied for sixth, while Como-Pickton was 13th.

Sarah Weir was North Hopkins' fourth runner, finishing 32nd in 14:56, and Cayla Newkirk crossed the line in 15:10, and Katy Williams finished in 15:21.

For Sulphur Springs, Jill Wood was the top finisher, running a 14:27 to come in 19th place. Emily Bouyear was 47th in 15:10, while Betsy Blount was right behind in 15:13. Gayle Grand-Lienard ran the course in 15:38, followed by Morgan Baima (15:57), Maria Rodriguez (17:20), Tess Bragg (17:26) and Rachel Brown (17:27).

"The varsity girls ran OK. I think what really got them was the hills," SSHS coach Holt said. "Really steep hills is what it is, not long gradual hills. It really comes down to strength. I don't think we're where we need to be with the girls, and even some of the guys, strength-wise.

"I thought Jill Wood ran well. I think she's improving pretty much every day."

Finishing just ahead of Wood was Como-Pickton's top runner, Bethanie Stinson, who was 18th in 14:25. Other C-P runners were Martha Vellenga (15:08), Aeron Green (16:02), Cortney Thompson (17:55) and Rebecca Humphrey (18:44).

For Saltillo, Jessica Gilbreath ran a 14:41 to come in 24th place.

Yantis' Esther Fernandez finished in 15:08 and Jamie Snoden in 16:01.

In the JV division, Sulphur Springs' Robin Grafton came in 22nd out of 59 runners with a time of 16:42.

Como-Pickton's JV was led by Samantha Jones, who was 14th in a time of 16:09.

In the junior high division, Como-Pickton's Alma Lara came in third out of 144 runners with a time of 14:36. Other C-P runners were Lindsey Watkins, 16:26, Irma Tellez, 17:01, Sandra Steenbeek, 22:53, and Megan Low, 25:00.

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