All of Northcutt's training miles lead him to Texas A & M
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
April 14, 2007 - There's no telling how many miles Graham Northcutt has ran in his high school track and cross country career. It's been enough to take him to Texas A&M University.
Northcutt, a senior at Sulphur Springs High School, signed a binding letter of intent on Wednesday morning, the first day for the spring signing period, to run track and cross country at A&M in College Station.
He then went out three hours later and won the district 3,200-meter race. Northcutt followed it up on Thursday with a victory in the 1,600-meter run as well.
The Aggies will get a runner who has qualified for three straight cross country state meets, placing sixth as a senior, and finished fifth last year in the 800-meter run at the state track and field meet. He has the fifth-best time in the state this year (the best in Class 4A) in the 1,600 with his school-record time of 4:19.63.
Northcutt has the second-best times in school history in both the 800 and 3,200, and he will have chances over the next month to try to break those, said SSHS head cross country and assistant track coach Andy Holt.
"When you watch him run, you know there's something special about him. He makes it look easy. He makes it look like everybody can go that fast, but in reality only a select few can do it," Holt said.
"I think if he can lock up another record, that will definitely solidify his spot in history."
Northcutt started running as an off-shoot of soccer (he was the district defensive MVP this year), but quickly found out he could excel at that, too.
"I liked soccer first, and probably in high school after my freshman year I saw I was doing pretty good in cross country and I considered the fact of running in college," Northcutt explained. "Then, when I went to the state meet (as a sophomore), I decided I probably wanted to try. Then, some colleges started talking to me and saw that it actually was possible."
He decided on A&M after narrowing his choices to there and Stephen F. Austin State University. He doesn't know what races he will run in college.
"When I went for my official visit, I was pretty much sold," he said. "I thought about it for about a week, and went to SFA. Everything seemed to fit better at A&M. It was better suited for me.
"It is a Big 12 school, a great campus, and I like the type of town it is. It's a small town compared to some places like UT. I met the other guys on the team, and they seem like they bond really well. They work hard, and I like that about them."