Wildcats track team wins Ben Robertson Relays
From Staff Reports

March 1, 2005 - MESQUITE - Though there were no individual races Saturday at the Ben Robertson Relays held at Hanby Stadium, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats received some solid individual efforts in winning the relays-only meet.

Sulphur Springs scored 76 points, edging Forney by one point and North Mesquite by five to win the meet, which featured seven running relays and six field event relays in which individual performances were added together.

Six of the Wildcats' seven running relays placed second, and included tremendous individual efforts by senior sprinters Keelan Green and Keenan Clayton, sophomore distance runner Graham Northcutt, and senior jumper Rolaundo Wright.

Green anchored the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays, while Clayton also ran in all three and had the fastest split in the sprint relay and second-fastest split in the mile relay.

Northcutt, meanwhile, ran back-to-back 800 races of 2 minutes, 3 seconds, then finished off his day with a 4:50 split in the 1,600-meter leg of the distance medley.

Wright had the best triple jump of the meet with a leap of 44-1 1/2, which is farther than even school record holder Jonathan Lindley had this early in the season. Wright also high-jumped 6-0.

"The main thing we wanted to see was how they're competing this early in the year," said SSHS head track coach Robert Wallace. "Gosh, we competed good."

The 400 relay set the standard for the rest of the running events, finishing second in 42.90 seconds (fully automated time) behind South Garland. Jermaine Wright, Keenan Clayton, John Hall and Keelan Green made up the relay. Clayton ran a 10.39 split and Green had a 10.45.

"That's good for this early in the year," Wallace said. "It was misting rain when we started, but the guys all ran well."

In the 4x800, the Wildcats weren't sure they would have enough runners to make up a team, but Victor Rodriguez made the trip and ended up running a 2:10. Northcutt started the relay with a 2:03 and Kasie Carrell ran the two laps in 2:09, handing the baton of Keith Harris.

Logan Turner, Tim Phillips, Daymon Nash and Jonathan Young made up the hurdle shuttle which, was second in 1:08.2.

The 800 relay of Jermaine Wright, Clayton, Hall and Green also came in second in 1:31.27, while the sprint medley of J. Wright, Robert Finnie, Eric Gunderson and Northcutt received a silver medal by running a 3:48.75. The team was in seventh place when Northcutt received the baton, but his 2:03 half-mile pulled them into second.

Northcutt then came back the very next race and anchored the distance medley relay to a second-place finish with a time of 4:50 in the 1,600. Rodriguez ran a 2:16 half-mile, Tyler Rhoades ran a 55-second quarter and Carrell ran a 3:39 over 1,200 meters.

"Graham Northcutt did an incredible job," Wallace said. "To run those three races in that span of time was incredible."

In the triple jump, along with Rolaundo Wright, Clayton jumped 41-2, Turner leaped 38-1 and Rhoades jumped 37-9.

In the long jump, the best SSHS effort was 18-3 by Clayton and 18-2 by Finnie.

The Wildcats will run again this week at the Clay Jones Relays in Forney on Saturday.

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