Distance runners lead SS track
BY BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
Feb. 26, 2007 - WYLIE - Sulphur Springs distance runners led a strong showing for the Sulphur Springs boys on Saturday, both in the varsity and JV divisions of the Commonwealth Relays at Wylie High School.
The varsity boys got two first place finishes from senior Graham Northcutt, a first and second from senior Kasie Carrell and a second from junior Tate Ramirez in the distance events. Add in another first-place medal from senior hurdler Daymon Nash and a silver medal from shot putter Demarcus Johnson, and the Wildcats did OK for themselves in their first track and field meet of the season, finishing fourth in the team standings.
The JV boys did even better, team-wise, winning the championship with 121 points behind winning performances from Andy Ginn and Tyler Wilson in the distance events, Kaylon Page and Day Day Jackson in the jumps and Dillon Verner and Beau Carpenter in the throws.
Times and distances were effected by a 40-mile-per-hour wind from the west that blew in a dust storm.
Northcutt, Carrell and Ramirez all qualified for the regional meet last season, and they performed well again on Saturday.
Northcutt, who finished fifth at state last year in the 800-meters, won the 1,600 and the 3,200 on Saturday. He ran the metric mile in 4 minutes, 35.90 seconds, with Carrell coming in second in 4:56.84. In the metric two-mile, Northcutt finished first in 10:01.24, while Ramirez was second in 10:34.74.
Carrell came back to win the 800 in 2:10.95.
In the 110-meter hurdles, Nash had the second-best qualifying time in the prelims, but came back to win the event in 15.73 seconds, with teammate Jon Young placing fifth in 16.58. Both hurdlers also placed in field events with Nash clearing 5-8 in the high jump and Young going 39-0 in the triple jump.
In the long jump, senior Jeff Pitts placed fourth in 21-2, and was leading his heat in the 100-meter dash before pulling a hamstring with about 40 meters to go.
Johnson placed second in the shot put with a throw of 43-9, while Rodney Evans was fourth in the same event with a 40-11 toss.
Ginn, Wilson, Chris White and Garrett Gray combined to score 32 points in the distance events.
Ginn won the 800 in 2:23.43, followed four seconds later by White in fifth place. White came back to place third in the 1,600 in 5:35.15. Wilson, meanwhile, won the 3,200 in 11:23.84 and Gray was fourth in 11:52.
The Wildcats built a lead in the field events when Page won the high jump at 6-1, Jackson took the triple jump with a 38-10 effort, Verner took gold in the shot put with a 36-4 throw, and Carpenter won the discus with a 103-3 effort. Mason Y'Barbo placed third in the discus at 90-3 and Verner was sixth.
In the long jump, Darrell Franklin placed second with an 18-8 leap, and Jackson was two places back at 18-6.
Johnny McSheffery was second in the 300-meter hurdles in 48.51 while Jackson placed fourth in the 110 high hurdles (17.86) and in the 200 (24.86). LeMarcus Kendricks was fourth in the 100 (12.03).
All three relay teams placed fifth. The 4x100 squad of Franklin, Clayton Vaughn, Askew and Kendricks ran a time of 48.07. The same quartet clocked a 1:42.55 in the 4x200 relay.
The 4x400 relay consisted of Vaughn, Page, Morris and McSheffery .
The girls varsity squad did not have anyone place. The highest finish was seventh place by Talea Reynolds in the 100-meter hurdles.
The JV teams was led by Cecily Adams, who placed fifth in the 1,600 in a time of 6:48.25, and the 4x400 relay team of Jentri Broumley, Jessica Savage, Amy Highfield and Alyssa Burney, which placed fourth in 5:17.11.