SSHS distance runners lead way at Tyler Lee Invitational
From Staff Reports

March 13, 2006 - TYLER - The Sulphur Springs distance contingent once again led the way Saturday at the Tyler Lee Invitational, but this time they had a little help from their friends.

Junior Graham Northcutt rang up a pair of gold-medal finishes, including a near-school record race in the 800-meter run, while Tate Ramirez won silver in the two-mile race, and Kasie Carrell and Dylan Rutherford each scored points.

But, they weren't the only ones to score as the Wildcats put up 53 points to come in fifth in the team standings at Rose Stadium.

Sophomore Tyler Wilson placed third in the pole vault, Marc Crook and Daymon Nash each placed in the high jump, and Nash was sixth in the 110-meter hurdles. In addition, the SSHS 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams were both fifth.

On the girls side, senior Bridgette Nash again came through with a plus-41-foot effort in the shot put to place second.

But, it was Northcutt who had the best races. His come-from-behind win in the 800-meters got him within realistic distance of the school record.

Northcutt, who was sixth in the race after the first lap, overtook the rest of the field on the final lap as five runners clocked sub-two minute times. Northcutt's time of 1:57.88 is less than two seconds shy of Mark Horton's 34-year-old record of 1:56.10. 

Carrell came in fifth place at 1:59.99, which is believed to be the first time in school history two SS runners broke two minutes in the same race.

Northcutt came back to win the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:31.66, a personal best, which makes him the fourth-fastest miler in SSHS school history behind Greg Adair's school record of 4:20.90, Aaron Cottrell and Kyle King.

Carrell placed fourth in the 1,600 in 4:39.96, and Rutherford, a freshman, was fifth in 4:44.00.

All three of those runners came back less than 10 minutes later to run a leg on the 4x400 relay team which was fifth in 3:37.00.

Ramirez, a sophomore, did his part in the 3,200, placing second in a time of 10:26.10.

In the 110-meter high hurdles, Nash ran a time of 15.25 seconds to place sixth and was just 5/100th of a second out of third. He also jumped 6-0 to place sixth in the high jump.

Teammate Marc Crook was fifth in the high jump, also with a best of 6-0.

Wilson gave Sulphur Springs its first points of the meet when he jumped 10-0 in the pole vault to place third.

In the 4x200-relay, SSHS was fifth in 1:32.77.

On the girls side, Nash continued to get better, throwing a personal-best of 41 feet, 8 inches in the shot put to place second. Nash, who threw over 40 feet at the regional meet last year, has gone over 41 in both meets this season.

She was beaten out for gold by Frednisha Marshall of John Tyler.

The Lady Cats also placed in all three relays. They were fifth in the 4x100 in a time of 52.36; sixth in the 4x200 in 1:51.56; and sixth in the 4x400 in a time of 4:31.05.

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