|Rain forces cancellation at Regional Track and Field Meet|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
April 29, 2006 - DENTON - Let's try this one more time.
Sulphur Springs track and field athletes were ready to run, jump and throw at the regional meet on Friday, but few of them had the chance.
A series of thunderstorms moving through North Texas allowed for just two events to be concluded at the Class 4A, Region II meet at Fouts Field on the University of North Texas campus. The remainder of the meet - including running preliminaries and finals - were rescheduled for Saturday.
The meet is a two-day affair anyway, but it is scheduled so that half of the field events and all of the running prelims are on Friday. The weather, though, wouldn't allow that to happen.
Only the boys triple jump and shot put were concluded on Friday, with the boys high jump and pole vault interrupted before they were finished. The interrupted events will conclude on Saturday.
SSHS high jumper Kaylon Page will be back at the field to compete in the high jump after the event was stopped following the opening height of 5-8. In the pole vault, senior Jayden Spencer cleared 12-6 on a blustery day, but did not make the top six.
Sophomore shot putter Rodney Evans threw 45 feet, 2 inches in the shot put, but did not place in the top six in one of the only completed events. The shot put was won by Martin Agoes of Mansfield Timberview with a throw of 55-u2, and Highland Park's J.K. Jauregui threw 52-5 to also qualify for state.
The top two in each event will compete at the state meet in two weeks in Austin.
Meet organizers rescheduled the meet to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with the remaining field events, including the conclusion of the boys high jump.
Senior Bridgette Nash, one of the strong hopefuls for the Lady Cats to qualify for state, will throw the shot put at the new time of 11:30 a.m.
The running preliminaries will begin at 9:15 a.m., but with a couple of asterisks. The 800-meter runs - which include Wildcats Graham Northcutt and Kasie Carrell and Lady Cat Kelsey Evans - will be run in the finals only, which start at 4:50 p.m.
The same is true for the 1,600-meter run, contested by Northcutt, Carrell and Lady Cat freshman Cecily Adams, and the 1,600-meter relay, in which SSHS has a girls team composed of Trashonda Green, Kaitlyn Black, Evans and Whitney Roland.
The 3,200-meter run will be contested at the end of the preliminary running events at 12:05 p.m. In that race for SSHS is sophomore Tate Ramirez.Notes: The boys triple jump was completed, with Keller Central's Bernard Hammonds winning it with a leap of 46-10. Parrish Cox of Waco University jumped 46-9.5 to finish second. Peter Ligon of Greenville placed sixth with a jump of 45-0. ... This is the second time in three years that Friday's schedule was postponed because of bad weather. ... The running finals are scheduled to begin at 4:50 p.m. and conclude with the running of the 1,600-meter relay at 7:25 p.m.