|SSHS track finds out strengths at Clay Jones Relays|
|From Staff Reports|
March 6, 2006 - FORNEY - Competing against 17 other teams at the Clay Jones Relays on Saturday, the young SSHS track teams found out what their strengths will be - distance running for the boys, and Bridgette Nash and the relays for the girls.
Nash, who placed third last year at the regional meet, started where she left off by winning the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 1 1/2 inches. SSHS head coach Jeramy Burleson said it was the second-best distance in the region.
"This early in the season, that's pretty good," Burleson said. "There's one girl in the region from Lincoln who's better than Bridgette right now, but I'm expecting Bridgette to be around 43 or 44 feet by the time regional rolls around."
Her throw was eight inches farther than her previous best of 40-5 1/2 set at last season's regional meet.
Freshman McKenzie Cross also placed, getting sixth in the triple jump, though she probably would have medaled if not for scratching on her final jump, Burleson said.
Cross had to scratch out of her led of the the mile relay due to shin splints, but the team of freshmen Treshondra Green and Baleigh Butler and seniors Kaitlyn Black and Whitney Roland placed fifth.
"The girls did real good when you consider they're mostly freshmen," Burleson said.
On the boys side, junior Graham Northcutt, who also placed third last year at the regional meet, was second in both the 3,200-meter run and the 800-meter run. Junior Kasie Carrell placed third in the 800, while sophomore Tate Ramirez was fifth in the two-mile.
Northcutt ran the 3,200 in 10-minutes flat, while Ramirez came in at 10:16. In the 800, Northcutt finished in 2:01, and Carrell was a few steps behind at 2:03.
Meanwhile, freshmen Dylan Rutherford barely missed placing in both the half-mile and two-mile.
"The distance kids did a really outstanding job," Burleson said. "We knew that would be a strong point for us."
Senior Jose Vargas also placed, getting fourth in the discus with a throw of 130 feet, 7 inches. He scratched on his best throw, which Burleson estimated to be around 150 feet.
The SSHS boys and girls will both be running at the Lee Relays Saturday in Tyler.