SS runners well-tuned in final tune-up
From Staff Reports

Oct. 16, 2006 - MESQUITE - In their final tune-up before the district cross country meet, the Sulphur Springs boys and girls looked well tuned.

The girls won the varsity division of the Poteet Invitational, while the boys finished fifth in the elite category.

The Lady Cats once again ran as pack and the top five runners finished in the top 14 places, led by freshman Karlie Junot, who was sixth in a personal best time of 13 minutes, 48 seconds on the two-mile course.

It was the first time anyone other than Kelsey Evans had been the top SSHS runner. Evans was seventh in 13:50, followed by sophomore Katie Dodd in eighth in 13:53, senior Robin Grafton in ninth in 13:59, and sophomore Cecily Adams in 14th in 14:10. Freshman Kaci Crowson finished in a time of 15:00.

"The girls ran smart," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "We're a conservative group and try to kick the last mile, and that's exactly what they did.

"Those girls are running well and running smart."

The boys were once again led by senior Graham Northcutt, who finished third individually in a time of 16:10 on the 3.1-mile course. Northcutt was competing against some of the best runners in the North and East Texas region.

Among the teams competing were defending state champion Fort Worth Northside, defending regional champion Mesquite Poteet and state qualifier Forney. Finishing ahead of Northcutt was a runner from FWNS and Dennis Yeats from Forney, while Ryan Lusk of Poteet came in fourth.

"This was a monster meet, really," Holt said. "I expect those four guys to be in the top 10 at state.

"Graham ran well. He went out a little slow - he ran a 5:17 first mile and he probably needs to be at about a 5:07. He tried to be conservative, which is Graham's race. He likes to go out a little conservative, then have a great kick that last mile. That means he probably ran about a 5-minute last mile because he made up some ground. He really ran well."

About a minute behind Northcutt, senior Kasie Carrell finished in 12th place in a time of 17:09. Junior Tyler Wilson placed 40th in 18:17, followed by Erich Hartin in 19:01, Quinton Larry in 19:29, Chris White in 19:33 and Garrett Gray in 19:56.

Sophomore Dylan Rutherford did not run this meet as he tries to get fully healthy for the District 11-4A meet on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at North Lamar.

In the JV boys division, SSHS junior Zach Junot placed 24th in a personal best time of 19:31. Also running were Triston Crook, finishing in 20:07, Andy Ginn in 20:14, Ross Hicks in 20:38, and Andrew Wallace in 20:39. Others running were Ethan Mitchell, Bailey Booher, Cody Brown, Rodrigo Larios and Tyler Usher.

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