Wildcats take three golds at qualifiers meet
From Staff Reports
April 23, 2007 - EUSTACE - In their final tune-up before the regional track and field meet this weekend, the Sulphur Springs thinclads brought home three gold medals from the Eustace regional qualifiers meet on Friday.
Not only did the Wildcats win three events, all 10 athletes who went placed in their respective events.
Senior distance runner Graham Northcutt ran the half-mile for the first time this year and finished first in a time of 1 minute, 56.5 seconds. That is less than a half-second off the 800-meter school record of 1:56.1 set by Mark Horton in 1972.
Northcutt ran a 58-second first lap, then came back with a 58-second final lap. Teammate Kasie Carrell was runner-up in the race in a time of 1:59.
Carrell and Northcutt are two of the Wildcats' best hopes to get to Austin. Carrell will be running the 800-meter dash, the same event he placed seventh in last year at regional, while Northcutt will be participating in the 3,200-meter run and the 1,600-meter run at the Class 4A, Region II meet Friday and Saturday at Fouts Field on the campus of the University of North Texas.
A full schedule of regional events will be in Thursday's edition.
Sulphur Springs' 800-meter relay team ran a time of 1:32, which equaled their time at the District 11-4A meet last week in which they placed third.
The quartet of Jeff Pitts, Dequalin Evans, Chris Thompson and Clayton Vaughn will be gunning for the school record of 1:30.2, set in 2003, when they run at regional.
SSHS coach Steve Hale said the team had one very bad hand-off and other one that was not very good, but still equaled their time from last week.
"We did good after something bad happened to us, so I was glad to see that," Hale said. "We're going to be working on hand-offs this week. Our focus sprint-wise is to get our legs fresh this week, be real good coming out of the blocks and practice our hand-offs."
The other gold medal came from freshman Bryant "Day-Day" Jackson, who went over 41 feet in the triple jump. Jackson did not qualify for regional, but went to the meet for experience.
Pitts, who ran anchor leg on the 4x200 relay, came back in the 200-meter dash to place fourth in a personal best time of 22.4 seconds.
Also setting a personal record was Tyler Wilson in the mile with a time of 4:49. Wilson also ran the 3,200-meters and placed sixth.
Shot putters Demarcus Johnson and Rodney Evans each finished in the top five with throws over 45 feet.