|Wildcats get look at district cross country competition|
|From Staff Reports|
Sept.. 27, 2004 - COMMERCE - The Sulphur Springs cross country boys got a good look at their district competition Saturday and found out it's about what they expected.
Led by a third-place finish from sophomore Graham Northcutt, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats ran to a third-place team total at the Margo Harbison Invitational. They were edged out of second place by 10 points by district rival Paris.
Northcutt, though was the top finisher among District 12-4A runners, finishing in a time of 17 minutes, 2 seconds on the 3.1-mile course. Taking the top two places were Denton twin brothers, Tyrone and Stephen Johnson.
For the second time in head-to-head races, Northcutt beat Paris runners Tyler Tyndell and Ben Donnan, who finished first and second at last year's district meet. At the time, Tyndell was running for Sulphur Springs, but moved to Paris last spring.
"Graham held his own. He ran right in there with Tyler Tyndell and made his move the last mile and put a 20-second gap between him and Tyler," SSHS head coach Andy Holt said. "Donnan ran a 4:50 first mile, and it took it out of him.
"Graham took on the big dogs, and he's turning into one of the better cross country runners in East Texas, which is saying a lot because there are some good ones around here. He has a chance of going to state, and we're excited about that."
In the team standings, Denton won the meet with 35 points, followed by Paris with 110 and Sulphur Springs with 120. North Lamar was ninth with 245 points and Texarkana was 19th with 411.
Greenville and Mount Pleasant had individual runners entered, but neither team had anyone finish above 45th place.
"We got a good look at our district. We knew going in that Paris was going to be tough, and that's the way it was this weekend. They brought it to us," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "I think it'll be a good showdown at the district meet. North Lamar will be there, and they have a pretty good squad."
Sulphur Springs, meanwhile, had Ty Stephens finish second on the team again and 18th overall in a time of 18:09, Kasie Carrell come in 28th in 18:31, and Victor Rodriguez in 37th in 18:54. Others running included freshman Tate Ramirez 47th in 19:13, David Miranda a step behind in 19:14, and Wilson Jones right behind them both in 19:16.
Carrell, though, was the only runner to better his time on the morning after the homecoming dance.
"I think we had a good meet, but it wasn't our best meet by any means," Holt said. "I think the homecoming had a little effect on us, plus we had to be out there all morning. It started at 8, and the varsity boys and girls didn't start running until 11:15. I think just sitting out in the that heat had an effect on us not running as good of times are we're capable. That, and the kids staying out late at the dance the night before.
"Overall, it wasn't our best meet, but it's not the district meet, so we have a chance to make up for it."
North Hopkins finished sixth in the team standings, led by Adam Vitro, who finished 20th in a time of 18:11, and Pedro Gonzales, who was 22nd in 18:18.
The Panthers were the top Class A team in the standings with 202 points.
Gerardo Yanez, Ryan Brown and Braden Womack all had top 20 finishes for the Wildcats, who finished in third place in the team standings. Yanez ran the course in 19:24, followed by Brown in 20:11 and Womack in 20:33.
James Hagan was 32nd (21:01) and Eric Hartin was 34th (21:13) to round out the SSHS top five.
For Como-Pickton, Tony Mercado was the top finisher, coming in 17th with a clocking of 20:32.
In the junior high division, Sulphur Springs eighth-grader Dylan Rutherford won his second race in three tries, clocking a time of 11:25 over the two-mile course. Others on the team included Chris White, 45th in 13:55, Brandon Harry, 56th in 14:36, Will Long in 15:31 and Bailey Booher in 15:48. All of the boys ran their season best.
Como-Pickton's Jimmy Lara was the Eagles' top runner, coming in 15th with a time of 12:38.
Boys 5k Run Varsity
Individuals (Top 10) - 1. Tyrone Johnson, Denton, 16:40; 2. Stephen Johnson, Denton, 16:54; 3. Graham Northcutt, Sulphur Springs, 17:02; 4. Cody Hughes, Anna, 17:04; 5. Justin Stroup, North Mesquite, 17:18; 6. Tyler Tyndell, Paris, 17:22; 7. Josh Gideon, North Mesquite, 17:30; 8. Ben Donnan, Paris, 17:31; 9. Brock Simmons, Denton, 17:38; 10. Chris Tyler, Denton, 17:41.
Other Local Runners
Sulphur Springs - 18. Ty Stephens, 18:09; 28. Kasie Carrell, 18:31; 37. Victor Rodriguez, 18:54; 47. Tate Ramirez, 19:13; 48. Gerardo Yanez, 19:14; 52. Wilson Jones, 19:16.
North Hopkins - 20. Adam Vitro, 18:11; 22. Pedro Gonzales, 18:18; 43. Jake Cockrum, 19:07; 65. Raul Delgado, 19:44; 72. Tito Fuentes, 19:59; 74. Nick Tamsma, 20:02; 105. Travis Tatum, 21:13.
Team - 1. Denton 35, 2. Paris 110, 3. Sulphur Springs 120, 4. Eustace 148, 5. North Mesquite 171, 6. North Hopkins 202, 7. Trenton 210, 7. Anna 210, 9. North Lamar 245, 10. Little Elm, 289, 11. Merit Bland 309, 12. Mount Vernon 319, 13. Farmersville 350, 14. Nevada Community 391, 15. Cooper 400, 16. Redwater 401, 17. Sherman 404, 18. Lone Oak 407, 19. Texas High 411, 20. Rains 465.
Boys 5k Run Junior Varsity
Individual - 1. Martin Garcia, Leonard, 18:48.
Sulphur Springs - 7. Gerardo Yanez, 19:24; 14. Ryan Brown, 20:11; 18. Braden Womack, 20:33; 32. James Hagan, 21:01; 35. Eric Hartin, 21:13; 51. Quinton Larry, 22:07; 55. Mike Walley, 22:17; 76. Gary Grey, 23:50.
Como-Pickton - 17. Tony Mercado, 20:32; 24. Alex Mowat, 20:37; 45. Salvador Mejia, 21:53; 49. Anthone Low, 21:58; 52. Heith Stubbs, 22:10; 57. Jonathan Garrett, 22:21.
Team - 1. Sherman 66; 3. Sulphur Springs 91; 7. Como-Pickton 187.
Boys 3200 Meter Run Junior High
Individuals (no times available) - 1. Dylan Rutherford, Sulphur Springs.
Sulphur Springs - 45. Chris White, 56. Brandon Harry, 73. Will Long, 75. Bailey Booher.
North Hopkins - 3. Jose Cardena, 6. Erick Perez, 37. Coy Smith, 39. Colton Boyd; 48. Juan Delgado, 64. Eric Martin, 65. Colt Baxter, 88. Patrick Gold.
Como-Pickton - 15. Jimmy Lara, 53. Dylan Mowat.
Team - 1. Atlanta, 35; 2. North Hopkins, 63; 7. Sulphur Springs, 173.