Northcutt third at Texas Relays

From Staff Reports

April 9, 2007 - AUSTIN - Competing against the top distance runners in the state, Graham Northcutt made his mark this weekend at the 80th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Northcutt, a senior at Sulphur Springs High School, placed third in the 1,600-meter run and sixth in the 3,200 in less than ideal conditions at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.

With temperatures in the 40s and strong north winds, Northcutt ran the fastest time of his career in the 3,200 and second-fastest in school history with a time of 9 minutes, 34.06 seconds on Friday.

It was the first time he had ran the event in a month. The metric two-mile was won by Drew Bean of Little Cypress-Mauriceville in a time of 9:22.37.

The SSHS school record of 9:25.9 was set in 1999 by Kyle King. Northcutt's previous best time was 9:38.9.

On Saturday, he came back to get third in the 1,600 in a time of 4:23.82, finishing just 1.2 seconds off the winning pace set by Brock Simmons of Argyle Liberty.

Northcutt led the race through the first 800 in a time of 2:14, then got boxed in on the back straight of the final lap to fall to seventh before sprinting his way to third on the final stretch.

His time was four seconds off his school record mark of 4:19.63, but considering the weather conditions, it was an outstanding time.

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