|Green continues unbeaten streak at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays|
|From Staff Reports|
April 11, 2005 - AUSTIN - The track at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium is the site of the biggest meets in the state, and on Saturday, Keelan Green was in the spotlight in front of 22,000 fans.
Green won the 100-meter dash at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, a monumental honor for Sulphur Springs senior sprinter.
Green ran a 10.64 in the finals to edge out Beaumont Ozen senior Wallace Franklin by 3/100ths of a second. Green has yet to be beaten in either the 100 or the 200 this season and owns the fastest time in the state in the 200 though that race is not contested at the Texas Relays.
SSHS head track coach Robert Wallace said Green's blocks slipped during warm-ups, and because of that he was hesitant at the gun.
"He was the last one out of the blocks, and still ran a 10.64, which is his best fully automated time this year," Wallace said. "Keelan ran really good, and he got to see people in our region and people he may see at state. It was a big-time meet, which is good for him to run in."
Green placed fourth at the state meet last year on the same track, and is gunning for a gold medal this season. One of the runners he will likely face at regional and state is Dominique Stafford of Crowley, who like Green ran a 10.68 in the preliminaries on Friday to win his heat. Stafford was fourth on Saturday in 10.71.
"On Friday, Keelan won his heat easily. He probably let up over the last 30 meters or so," Wallace said.
"This was a nice race," said Green. "The win makes me feel good on the inside. This is my first time at Texas Relays, and there are so many people here. It makes me want to run faster. This is good preparation because I will not see this much heat at district."
Also participating this weekend at the Texas Relays was SSHS junior Bridgette Nash in the girls shot put.
Nash threw 37 feet, 3 inches to place eighth out of 15 competitors in Division II. Kamaha Devereaux of Tyler Lee won the event with a throw of 39-9.5.
Nash advanced to regional last season as a sophomore and has one of the top throws in the region so far this year.
Green and Nash will lead the Sulphur Springs track teams at the District 12-4A meet, which is set for Wednesday and Thursday in Greenville. The full schedule will be in tomorrow's edition.
Another SSHS runner who will likely advance to regional is sophomore Graham Northcutt, who ran the 800-meter dash in 1 minute, 58 seconds in Mount Pleasant on Friday. In winning the race, he also ran the fastest time in the district this year and ranks only behind Mark Horton's school record of 1:56.10 set in 1972 in SSHS history.