|Short-handed Cats finish fifth at Tyler|
|From Staff Reports|
Sept. 11, 2006 - TYLER - With one of their top runners out with a sprained ankle, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats finished fifth Saturday at the Tyler Lee Classic cross country meet.
Three SSHS runners finished in the top nine - senior Graham Northcutt, junior Tate Ramirez and sophomore Dylan Rutherford - but the fourth member of their quartet, senior Kasie Carrell, sprained his ankle while warming up and was unavailable to compete.
As it was, the Wildcats finished with 153 points. Had Carrell been able to run, they probably would have placed second behind Lufkin Hudson's 54 points and ahead of Tyler Lee's 111.
Northcutt was the top SSHS runner, finishing second in a time of 16 minutes, 15 seconds on the 3.1-mile course. He and Forney's Dennis Yates ran the first mile in about 4:55 before Yates pulled away to win in 15:57.
Ramirez came in fifth overall with a time of 16:37, and Rutherford was ninth in a time of 17:06.
Two District 11-4A teams were also competing. Lindale finished 13th and Paris was 14th in the 16-team field.
The Wildcats will run at McKinney next week.