|SSHS cross country finishes fifth at McKinney|
|From Staff Reports|
Sept. 18, 2006 - McKINNEY - Just when the Wildcat cross country team got one of its top runners back healthy, another may be lost for a period of time.
The Wildcats finished fifth in the Class 5A division of the McKinney meet on Saturday, led by senior Graham Northcutt, sophomore Dylan Rutherford and senior Kasie Carrell.
Carrell, who missed last week's meet with a sprained ankle, returned to run well on Saturday, but the Wildcats were without junior Tate Ramirez, who had been running No. 2 on the team this fall.
Ramirez is nursing a painful hip injury, the same kind that keeps knocked Rutherford out for an extended period last year and still limits his training.
"We're hoping for the best with Tate. We don't know anything definite yet," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "If he can't go, it's up to one of the other kids to step it up."
On Saturday, Northcutt finished fourth individually on the three-mile course in a time of 15 minutes, 53 seconds. Had he been running in the Class 4A division, he would have won by over half-a-minute.
Likewise, Rutherford came in 16th in 16:52, but would have been second or third in Class 4A. Carrell finished in the top 30 in a clocking of 17:33.
Junior Tyler Wilson was the fourth Wildcat runner, finishing in 18:20, and Erich Hartin was close behind in 18:32. Chris White and Garrett Gray ran a 19:31 and 19:46, respectively, for the varsity.
"We were thinking it would be better competition for the guys to run in the 5A division," Holt said. "I'm glad we did, because Graham probably would have won in 35-40 seconds, or his time could have been slower without anyone there to push him.�
"Dylan ran extremely well. We want to put those guys in the toughest competition as possible, and have them compete and get after it."
With five runners counting toward the team total, Holt is also looking for at least two of the other team members to make up for the possible loss of Ramirez. Those runners include Wilson, Hartin, White, Gray and Rolando Larios, who has been playing soccer on the weekends and unable to run in a meet so far.
"Those are the guys in that group that are going to have to step up.," Holt said. " Those guys are pretty close to each other, so I'm hoping that one or two or three will step up."
The SSHS girls finished ninth as a team in the Class 4A division, led by junior Kelsey Evans and sophomore Katie Dodd, running in her first cross country meet.
Evans clocked a 14:14 for the two-mile course, while Dodd ran a 14:42. Freshman Karlie Junot and sophomore Cecily Adams were close together, finishing in 15:09 and 15:10, respectively, and Kasie Crowson came in at 16:34.
The Wildcats and Lady Cats will both run at Lake Highlands on Saturday.