|Sulphur Springs cross country finishes in eight place at Poteet Invitational|
|From Staff Reports|
Oct. 18, 2005 - MESQUITE - The Sulphur Springs cross country teams geared up for their district meet by running against a tough field Saturday at Mesquite Poteet.
The Wildcats were paced by junior Graham Northcutt, who finished third in the field, followed by Kasie Carrell in 22nd and Ty Stephens in 33rd.
Sulphur Springs placed eighth overall in the team standings. There were three other 4A teams in the region who were ahead of them: Poteet, McKinney North and Forney.
The Wildcats and Lady Cats will not run this weekend, then compete in the District 12-4A meet on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Mount Pleasant.
In Mesquite, Northcutt continued his strong season with a third-place finish and a clocking of 15 minutes, 49 seconds on the course that SSHS head coach Andy Holt said was short of the 3.1-mile standard.
"It was probably a little short, but Graham ran well," Holt said. "Getting third was a good accomplishment. Graham ran well, Kasie and Ty ran well for us.
"It was a great meet for us to go to. Competition was there, definitely. We had a good meet with a lot of good competition."
Carrell crossed the line in 16:47 and has been consistently running about a minute off of Northcutt's pace for the last three weeks. Stephens was 33rd in 17:08.
Rounding out the top five the Wildcats were Ryan Brown, 62nd place in 17:53 and Tate Ramirez, 84th place in 18:23. Eric Hartin (18:43) and Braden Womack (19:01) also ran on varsity.
On JV, freshman Chris White was the top finisher, coming in 33rd in a time of 19:19. He was followed by Quinton Larry in 19:40, Justin Blount in 19:54, Jesus Torres in 19:55, Andy Ginn in 21:53, and Bailey Booher in 22:36.
Kelsey Evans again led the Lady Cats as she finished the two-mile course in 13:30, good for 70th place. Two spots behind her was teammate Jill Wood in 13:32, and Morgan Baima finished in 14:03.
Kelsey and Jill ran well, and Morgan has had a good year for us," Holt said.
Emily Bouyear (14:18), Cecily Adams (14:47) and Makenzie Kelty (17:06) rounded out the Lady Cats' team.
Holt said both teams should be ready to challenge for district titles. The Wildcats finished second last year to Paris, while the girls were runners-up to North Lamar.
"Our goal is to win district. I definitely think that's obtainable," Holt said. "With the girls, it will be a struggle because North Lamar has beaten us all year long. But, I definitely expect the girls to get at least second and go to regional."