|Northcutt paces short-handed SSHS cross country squad|
|From Staff Reports|
Sept. 25, 2005 - RICHARDSON - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats were without two of their top five runners at the Lake Highlands Invitational on Saturday, but got solid performances from those who did run.
Senior Graham Northcutt, the Wildcats' top competitor, finished third individually as SSHS competed in the Elite division of the meet. Northcutt ran the course, which was a little longer than the normal 3.1-mile distance, in 16 minutes, 31 seconds.
He finished behind Coppell's Taylor Ray and Forney's Dennis Yeats.
"Graham ran very well," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "He ran a 16:31, which is his worst time of the year, but the course was a little longer and had a very, very big hill that they had to go up about a mile-and-a-half into the race. But, he looked strong at the end."
Northcutt also cut into Yeats' lead. Yeats had beaten him twice earlier this year by more than 10 seconds each time.
Sophomore Dylan Rutherford came in at 18:03, and senior Kasie Carrell was close behind in 18:09.
The Wildcats were without senior Tate Ramirez, their No. 2 runner who is nursing a hip injury, and junior Tyler Wilson, who ran JV where he placed sixth in a time of 18:55.
Erich Hartin was the fourth varsity Wildcat to finish, coming in at 19:22, followed by Garrett Gray (20:53) and Chris White (22:16).
"Dylan Rutherford and Kasie Carrell ran well and competed," Holt said. "We're tuning up and trying to get ready for regional. Hopefully, we can get Tate back and be ready for that."
With Carrell missing one meet with a sprained ankle and Ramirez out of action for the last two, the Wildcats have dropped out of the top 10 state rankings, but that's not important to Holt right now.
The top three teams at the regional meet, scheduled for No. 4 in Arlington, advance to state.
"I'm hoping that we're kind of hiding in the woods now, because we have Tate who is injured," Holt said. "We had recognition early, being No. 4 in the state. We've dropped out of the top 10 now, and I hope that's to our advantage. I'm hoping those others don't think about Sulphur Springs."
In the girls race, the Lady Cats were led once again by junior Kelsey Evans, who finished the two-mile course in 14:42. She was followed closely by sophomore Katie Dodd (14:59) and freshman Karlie Junot (15:08).
"Those girls were all pretty close together," Holt said. "They're working hard and competing."
On the JV boys side, Wilson was the top finisher for SSHS. The other top five runners were Jesus Torres in 20:35, Zach Junot in 20:54, Preston Weaver in 20:58 and Quinton Larry in 21:08.
Also running were Victor Gonzales, Andrew Wallace, Ross Hicks, Brad Worsham, Rodrigo Larios, Cody Brown, Andy Ginn, Ethan Mitchell and Tyler Usher.