|Northcutt and Nash advance to Texas Relays|
|From Staff Reports|
March 28, 2006 - GREENVILLE - SSHS junior Graham Northcutt broke the tape in a pair of distance races on Saturday, once again leading a strong Wildcat distance contingent at the Cotton Ford Relays.
He and senior shot putter Bridgette Nash also qualified for the Texas Relays and will be participating in the state's premiere meet in two weeks.
Northcutt was one of four different SSHS distance runners to place at the meet, helping the Wildcats finish in fourth place in the team standings with 60 points.
He again was a little more than a second off the school record in the 800-meter run as he won the two-lap race in 1 minutes, 57.85 seconds. Close behind was teammate Kasie Carrell, who finished in fourth place in 2:00.70.
For the second straight meet, Northcutt has challenged the 800-meter record of 1:56.10 set by Mark Horton in 1972.
Northcutt and Carrell came back in the 1,600-meter run, along with sophomore Tate Ramirez, to place first, third and fourth. Northcutt ran the metric mile in 4:33.67, while Carrell was third in a 4:39.02, a personal best. Ramirez was a step behind Carrell, placing fourth in a personal best of 4:39.48.
Ramirez also took bronze in the 3,200-meter run with a clocking of 10:13.40, while freshman Dylan Rutherford was fourth in 10:15.09. Both times were their fastest of the season.
The Wildcats received another third-place performance from senior Jose Vargas in the discus. He threw 138-8, which was his best effort of the spring.
Daymon Nash also placed third in the high jump, tying with two others at 5-10. Kaylon Page placed sixth with the same leap, but had more misses at lower heights.
Nash also placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.59 seconds, and teammate Tim Phillips was sixth in 16.15.
North Crowley won the team title with 149 points, followed by Greenville with 109 points. SSHS was fourth out of 14 teams.
Nash finished second at the meet, throwing 39-9. She has thrown over 41 feet this season, and will be throwing the shot at the Texas Relays for the second straight year.