Dozen Wildcat tracksters headed to regional meet
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

April 16, 2005 - GREENVILLE - The three Wildcats who qualified Wednesday for the regional track meet will be joined by a bus load of their teammates following the conclusion Thursday of the District 12-4A track and field meet at Cotton Ford Stadium.

Two Lady Cats and 10 Wildcats will all advance to the Class 4A, Region II meet in Denton in two weeks after they placed in the top three at the district meet.

Six of the SSHS athletes will be participating in more than one event at regional.

On the girls side, junior Bridgette Nash won the shot put on her final throw and sophomore Emily Bouyear took third in the 1,600-meter run.

For the boys, as expected senior sprinter Keelan Green not only swept the 100 and 200-meter dashes, but he also brought the Wildcat 4x100 relay team from third to first on his anchor leg. Sophomore Graham Northcutt added a silver medal in the 800 to the gold he won in the 3,200 on Wednesday, and senior Rolaundo Wright took second in the triple jump. Sophomore Logan Turner finished fourth in the 300 hurdles, but will advance as an alternate because a Greenville hurdler will not compete in the event.

The SSHS 4x200-meter relay also qualified for regional after placing third in their best time of the season.

GIRLS

Nash went into the shot put as the favorite, but trailed Texas High's Brittany Hill after their first five throws.

Then came her last throw, when Nash tossed it 37 feet, 4 3/4 inches to edge out Hill by 3 1/2 inches.

"I knew I had to win it with one throw. I had that adrenaline in my body, and I just threw it with all my might.," Nash said. "Going into the meet, I didn't really get my mind set right, knowing I kind of had an advantage because I had the best throw coming in, and I think that was the problem. That kind of threw me off, I think."

Still, she will be going to regional for the second consecutive year.

"We're very excited about Bridgette," said SSHS coach Carin Bryant. "I think that was good competition for her because she's gone into most of those meets knowing that first place was hers. It came down to Bridgette's last throw in the finals. She had to out-throw that girl from T-High on her last throw, and she got her."

Bouyear placed fourth in the 3,200 on Wednesday, then came back to run a gutsy race in the 1,600 late Thursday night.

While North Lamar freshman Ali Stone went quickly to a big lead, Bouyear settled into a group of four runners after the first lap. By the third lap, she had positioned herself in third and held that position with a strong final lap and a half to finish third in 6 minutes, 8.95 seconds.

"Emily is one that works hard every day. She wanted it so bad, and I think that was a big difference," Bryant said. "When kids work hard and do every thing you ask, and go beyond what is asked, it's great to see them rewarded."

Sophomore Stephanie Conley just missed advancing in the 400-meter dash as she ran a solid time of 62.69 seconds, but was edged out for third by a quarter of a second. She also placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:37.63.

Greenville's girls won the meet with 193 points. SSHS was sixth with 30.

BOYS

Keelan Green came into the meet as the frontrunner in both the 100 and 200, and he showed why as the anchor leg on the sprint relay.

Green received the baton in third place, about 6-8 meters behind Texas High and Greenville, but he caught both runners and passed the Greenville anchor at the tape, helping SSHS win the event in 42.40 seconds, 7/100ths faster than The Lions.

John Hall ran a strong first leg for the Wildcats, but Keenan Clayton, who has been nursing a leg injury, tightened up midway through the second leg but still managed to get the baton to Jermaine Wright, who got Green close enough to the leaders.

Green also won the 100 easily in 10.83, and ran a 21.43 to win the 200. Neither were his best times of the season, but they were good enough to win.

"I just think about trying to get my knees up, using good form," said Green. "The 100 was one of my best starts, and I was just trying to stay in front. I think that's why my time was slow, because I was up there by myself."

Northcutt also will be advancing to regional in multiple events as he ran a 2:00.81 in the 800 meters to place second behind Paris' Ben Donnan. Northcutt ran a 60.5 on his first lap, and got boxed in a little bit as he came across in sixth place.

He put himself into second with 200 meters to go, but couldn't catch Donnan, who won the race in 1:59.04. SSHS senior Victor Rodriguez placed sixth in 2:06.93.

Rolaundo Wright will also be going to regional in two events as he added a silver in the triple jump to the bronze he won in the high jump on Wednesday. His leap of 43-7 held first until Texas High's Jimmie Strong went one-inch further on his last attempt.

The 4x200 relay team got a sensational final leg from Jermaine Wright to place third in 1:31.89. Wright closed strong to also nip the Greenville runner in second. John Hall, Jeff Pitts and Robert Finnie all ran well on the relay.

Logan Turner placed fourth in the 300 hurdles with his best time of the year, 41.88. He almost got third outright, but will still be competing at regional because a Greenville hurdler will not compete in the event. SSHS' Tim Phillips was sixth in the race in 42.97.

Phillips and Turner were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 110-meter hurdles in times of 16.13 and 16.16.

In the 1,600-meter run, SSHS sophomore Kasie Carrell and freshman Tate Ramirez finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in 4:43.0 and 4:43.7, behind three runners from Paris.

Their points helped Sulphur Springs hold off Paris and Texas High for second place, the third year in a row the Cats have placed behind Greenville. Sulphur Springs had 120 points to Greenville 158. Texas High was third with 109 and Paris fourth with 102.

VARSITY BOYS

Team - 1. Greenville 158, 2. Sulphur Springs 120, 3. Texas High 109, 4. Paris 102, 5. Mount Pleasant 84, 6. North Lamar 44.

Discus - 1. James Porter, TH, 149-4; 2. Dustin Earnest, TH, 145-5; 3. Josh Ausburn, NL, 140-4; 4. Jacob Clark, NL, 139-8; 5. Brad Forgy, MP, 138-7; 6. Ryan Southworth, Paris, 137-9 1/2.

Triple jump - 1. Jimmie Strong, TH, 43-8; 2. Rolaundo Wright, SS, 43-7; 3. Anthony Coleman, Greenville, 43-5 3/4; 4. Dion Furtch, Paris, 43-1 1/2 5. Eric Shine, MP, 42-11 1/2; 6. Kevin Cheatum, MP, 41-10 3/4.

Pole vault - 1. Jayden Spencer, SS, 12-0; 2. Justin Miller, NL, 11-6; 3. Thomas Tooke, NL, 11-6; 4. Bryan Ballard, SS 10-6; 5. Korey Lawson, L, 10-6.

4x100-meter relay - 1. Sulphur Springs (John Hall, Keenan Clayton, Jermaine Wright, Keelan Green), 42.4; 2. Greenville, 42.47; 3. Texas High, 42.83; 4. Mount Pleasant, 43.4; 5. Paris, 43.43; 6. North Lamar, 44.74.

800 - 1. Ben Donnan, Paris, 1:59.04; 2. Graham Northcutt, SS, 2:00.81; 3. Tristan Bowles, TH, 2:01.16; 4. Eric Shine, MP, 2:03.38; 5. Kassen Young, NL, 2:06.92; 6. Victor Rodriguez, SS, 2:06.93.

100 - 1. Keelan Green, SS, 10.83; 2. Derrick Wesley, TH, 11.09; 3. Justin Lockridge, Greenville, 11.23; 4. L.D. Gunn, Paris, 11.39; 5. John T. Johnson, TH, 11.46; 6. Aaron Hawkins, Greenville, 11.53.

110 hurdles - 1. Jordan Pitts, Greenville, 15.19; 2. Demetric Sanders, Paris, 15.73; 3. Sam Gassaway, Greenville, 15.83; 4. Courtney Hope, TH, 16.09; 5. Tim Phillips, SS, 16.13; 6. Logan Turner, SS, 16.16.

4x200 relay - 1. Mount Pleasant, 1:29.48; 2. Greenville, 1:31.62; 3. Sulphur Springs, 1:31.89 (J. Wright, Jeff Pitts, Robert Finnie, John Hall); 4. Paris, 1:33.32; 6. North Lamar, 1:35.79.

400 - 1. Antonio Landers, Greenville, 50.27; 2. Bobby Doddy, MP, 50.94; 3. Tristan Bowles, TH, 51.41; 4. Anthony Coleman, Greenville, 51.57; 5. Brandon Kennemer, NL, 51.84; 6. Darrell Moore, TH, 52.34.

300 hurdles - 1. Jason Stephenson, Greenville, 39.4; 2. Jordan Pitts, Greenville, 39.46; 3. Sam Gassaway, Greenville, 41.87; 4. Logan Turner, SS, 41.88; 5. Arthur Johnson, Paris, 42.5; 6. Tim Phillips, SS, 42.97.

200 - 1. Keelan Green, SS, 21.43; 2. Antonio Landers, Greenville, 21.8; 3. Anthony Coleman, Greenville, 22.67; 4. Justin Lockridge, Greenville, 22.7; 5. Bobby Doddy, MP, 22.8; 6. Rodricus Robbins, Paris, 23.3.

1,600 - 1. Ben Donnan, Paris, 4:30.42; 2. Tyler Tyndell, Paris, 4:38.46; 3. Aiden Mosher, Paris, 4:40.26; 4. Kasie Carroll, SS, 4:43.00; 5. Tate Ramirez, SS, 4:44.70; 6. Danny Hernandez, TH, 4:46.13.

4x400 relay - 1. Mount Pleasant, 3:22.53; 2. Greenville, 3:23.00; 3. Texas High, 3:23.17; 4. North Lamar, 3:31.08; 5. Paris, 3:33.01; 6. Sulphur Springs (R. Wright, Tallan Askew, Turner, Northcutt), 3:33.23.

VARSITY GIRLS

Team - 1. Greenville 193, 2. Texas High 158, 3. North Lamar 105, 4. Paris 68, 5. Mount Pleasant 61, 6. Sulphur Springs 30.

Shot put - 1. Bridgette Nash, SS, 37-4 3/4; 2. Brittany Hill, TH, 37-1 1/4; 3. Briauna Birl, TH, 35-11; 4. Stephanie Thomas, MP, 34-4 1/4; 5. Lyndsey Buhler, Greenville, 33-6 1/4; 6. Gabriel McCormick, Greenville, 32-9 1/4.

Long jump - 1. LaQuinta Ross, Greenville, 18-3; 2. Cassi Clower, MP, 16-5; 3. Keitra Brown, Paris, 16-3 1/2; 4. Ardreka Gray, TH, 16-2 1/2; 5. Shanekqua Griggs, Greenville, 16-2; 6. Brittanni McCoy, TH, 16-1/2.

Pole vault - 1. Megan Amerson, MP, 8-6; 2. Katie Jones, Greenville, 7-6; 3. Morgan Clayton, NL, 7-0; 4. Natasha Peel, NL, 6-0; 5. Megan Lambert, Greenville, 6-0.

4x100 relay - 1. Greenville, 48.53; 2. Paris, 50.2; 3. Texas High, 50.57; 4. North Lamar, 53.47; 5. Sulphur Springs (Audrey Kimbrell, Gayle Grand-Lienard, Sara Petty, Whitney Roland), 54.51; 6. Mount Pleasant, 55.54.

800 - 1. Lindsay Thompson, NL, 2:22.68; 2. Dawndra Davis, TH, 2:25.45; 3. LaDorshia Moore, TH, 2:27.13; 4. Alyssa Garey, NL, 2:35.26; 5. Stephanie Conley, SS, 2:37.63; 6. Erica Turner, Greenville, 2:41.5.

100 - 1. Ashley Fuller, Greenville, 12.4; 2. Brittanni McCoy, TH, 12.86; 3. Lomequia Williams, Paris, 12.9; 4. Jackie Sanders, TH, 12.97; 5. Shanekqua Griggs, Greenville, 13.03; 6. Briauna Birl, TH, 13.1.

100 hurdles - 1. Angela Sheppard, TH, 15.75; 2. Jeron Tidwell, Greenville, 16.72; 3. Chelsea Walker, Greenville, 16.85; 4. Lauren Moody, NL, 17.05; 5. Keitra Brown, Paris, 17.09; 6. Megan Amerson, MP, 17.52.

4x200 relay - 1. Greenville, 1:41.07; 2. Texas High, 1:46.25; 3. Paris, 1:47.52; 4. North Lamar, 1:54.66; 5. Mount Pleasant, 1:58.5.

400 - 1. Lindsay Thompson, NL, 59.42; 2. Cassi Clower, MP, 61.82; 3. Willaysha Bailey, Paris, 62.45; 4. Stephanie Conley, SS, 62.69; 5. Ardreka Gray, TH, 62.72; 6. Blanca Saavedra, Greenville, 63.62.

300 hurdles - 1. Silvia Resendiz, Greenville, 45.94; 2. Chelsea Walker, Greenville, 47.51; 3. Angela Sheppard, TH, 48.35; 4. Logan Anglin, NL, 49.38; 5. Blanca Saavedra, Greenville, 52.15; 6. Keitra Brown, Paris, 53.32.

200 - 1. LaQuinta Ross, Greenville, 24.87; 2. Miracle Thurston, TH, 26.41; 3. Dominique Epps, Greenville, 26.47; 4. Jackie Sanders, TH, 26.78; 5. Shanekqua Griggs, Greenville, 27.01; 6. Briauna Birl, TH, 27.38.

1,600 - 1. Ali Stone, NL, 5:31.81; 2. Dawndra Davis, TH, 6:02.28; 3. Emily Bouyear, SS, 6:08.95; 4. Karly Curtain, Greenville, 6:17.26; 5. Anissa DeJoux, NL, 6:22.46; 6. Pam Elmore, NL, 6:24.20.

4x400 relay - 1. Greenville, 4:09.46; 2. Texas High, 4:11.78; 3. North Lamar, 4:12.16; 4. Mount Pleasant, 4:12.18; 5. Paris, 4:30.25.

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