|A series of unfortunate events for the Sulphur Springs tracksters|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
April 30, 2005 - DENTON - Everything that could go wrong for Sulphur Springs Friday at the regional track meet didn't go wrong, but it was close.
Sophomore Graham Northcutt finished third in the 3,200-meter run and Keelan Green qualified for the finals in the 200, but other than that, there wasn't much happiness for the blue and gold at the University of North Texas' Fouts Field.
The most bitter blow was for Green, who was one of the favorites in the 100-meter dash, but was disqualified for a false start in Friday's preliminaries. He was second at regional last year and fourth at state, but won't be eligible to run in Saturday's finals in the 100.
Add to that the disappointment of the 400-meter relay team running one of its worst times of the year and not qualifying for the finals, the Cats' high jumper and triple jumper scratching out of both events, none of the other Cats making the running finals, and an unfortunate series of events in the pole vault.
On Saturday, the hopes for any Wildcat to advance to state rests on Green in the 200, where he has the state's fastest time this year, junior shot putter Bridgette Nash and miler Emily Bouyear.
Northcutt will be an alternate to the state meet after finishing in third place in the 3,200-meter run, contested at about 8:30 Friday night in cold, windy conditions.
His time of 9 minutes, 57.77 seconds was slightly better than his district-winning performance, which was also the best qualifying time in the region. But, Dennis Yeats of Forney took the gold Friday in 9:51.22, and Paris' Tyler Tyndell edged out Northcutt for the final state qualifying spot by a mere second: 9:55.46.
Tyndell, a former SSHS student, and Northcutt have a friendly rivalry, and Northcutt beat him at the district meet.
"Graham ran really well," said SSHS track coach Robert Wallace, "but he's disappointed he's not going to state."
Another disappointment came in the first running preliminary of the day - the 4x100 relay.
Sulphur Springs went into the meet having run a 42.40 to win the district meet. But, with second leg Keenan Clayton out with a pulled quadricep muscule, the Wildcats could do no better than a 43.02, which was fourth in their heat and 13th overall.
On the final leg, Green made up three places, but had too much to overcome to get the Cats into the finals. Justin Northwest had the fastest qualifying time with a 41.72.
Then, in the 100, Green was disqualified for a false start. There was some debate about whether he or the runner next to him jumped first, but Green was the one targeted.
It was a shame because Crowley's Dominique Stafford had the fastest qualifying time with a 10.64, and Green had beaten him twice this year.
"I think it was the guy next to him that jumped," Wallace said. "But they got Keelan, and there's nothing you can do."
Green did come back to run a 21.84 in the 200 meters to win his heat and qualify with the third-fastest time. He will run the finals today at about 4 p.m.
Justin Northwest's Ryan Varner ran a 21.72 and Spruce's Edward Coleman had a 21.80 in the prelims.
SSHS sophomore Logan Turner competed in the 300 intermediate hurdles, and finished sixth in his heat with a time of 42.12. That did not advance him to the finals.
Likewise, the 4x200 relay team of John Hall, Robert Finnie, Jeff Pitts and Jermaine Wright finished sixth in their heat and 17th overall with a time of 1:32.87.
And Emily Bouyear, competing in the girls 3,200-meter run, ran a 13:58.04 to place 19th. She will be running in the 1,600 today at about 4:30 p.m.
Rolaundo Wright scratched out of both the high jump and triple jump, and junior pole vaulter Jayden Spencer had trouble getting his pole planted on the first two attempts at 11-6 and went out on that height.
All in all, it was a confounding day for a group of SSHS Wildcats who expected to have better fortunes.
After the first day of the meet, the only 12-4A athletes who have qualified for state were Tyndell in the 3,200 and Greenville's Laquinta Ross, who placed second in the triple jump with an effort of 38-9 3/4.
Class 4A Region II track results
DENTON, Texas (AP) - Friday's results from the Class 4A Region II track and field championships. The top two finishers in each event advance to the state meet.
High jump - 1. Demarcus Bass, Crowley, 6-8, 2. Steven Smith, Killeen, 6-8, 3. Anthony Hemingway, Killeen, 6-6, 4. Kyle Gulett, Midlothian, 6-6, 5. Seth Lowery, Lampasas, 6-6, 6. Justin Williams Texarkana Texas High, 6-6.
Pole vault - 1. Nick Frawley, Midlothian, 16-0, 2. Casey Cummings, Alavarado, 15-5, 3. Jovanni Jenkins, Killeen, 14-6, 4. Zach Cepak, Ennis, 14-0, 5. Shelby Hicks, Forney, 14-0, 6. Lucas Neeper, Hewitt Midway, 14-0.
Triple jump - 1. Perrish Cox, Waco University, 47-9 3/4, 2. Jansen Hyde, Mesquite Poteet, 6-10, 3. Leroy Johnson, Killeen, 46-9, 4. Johnathan Mallard, West Mesquite, 45-1 1/2, 5. Aten Williams, McKinney North, 44-1 1/2, 6. Andrew Gumbs, Killeen, 44-9 3/4.
Shot put - 1. Martin Agoes, Mansfield Timberview, 55-6 3/4, 2. Lee Grimes, Brownwood, 55-2 3/4, 3. James Tyson, Killeen, 54-8 3/4, 4. Kenyard Jackson, Lake Dallas, 53-5 3/4, 5. Jason Watson, Ennis, 53-53-3 1/4, 6. J.K. Jaurequi, Highland Park, 52-3 1/2.
3,200-meter run - 1. Dennis Yeats, Forney, 9:51.22, 2. Tyler Tyndell, Paris, 9:55.46, 3. Graham Northcutt, Sulphur Springs, 9:57.77, 4. Jeff Sadler, Hewitt Midway, 10:01.00, 5. Ardes Lopez, Crowley, 10:06.27, 6. Elliott Starcevich, McKinney, 10:15.96.
Discus - 1. D'Andra Carter, Red Oak, 155-5, 2. Katy Hanie, Forney, 130-5, 3. Jasmin Dickens, Killeen Ellison, 127-2, 4. Ashley Doscher, Frisco, 121-10, 5. Stephanie Madden, Terrell, 121-5, 6. Amanda Moseley, Lampasas, 117-10.
Triple jump - 1. Kymbra Lovan, Killeen Ellison, 39-6 1/4, 2. Laquinta Ross, Greenville, 38-9 3/4, 3. Samantha Hamilton, Killeen Ellison, 38-2, 4. Lauren Wiggins, Hebron, 37-10 1/2, 5. Whitney Betts, Hewitt Midway, 37-2 1/2, 6. Tiffany Peters, Mesquite Poteet, 37-1 3/4.
3,200-meter run - 1. Samantha Means, McKinney North, 11:14.52, 2. Tia Martinez, Hebron, 11:30.44, 3. Ashley Sanders, Justin Northwest, 11:49.67, 4. Maria Quintero, Adamson, 11:49.99, 5. Tiffany Oppelt, Mabank, 11:57.71, 6. Kelly Parma, Highland Park, 12:05.57.