Northcutt wins two events at Clay Jones Relays
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
Mar. 6, 2007 - FORNEY - It wasn't the best conditions on Saturday, but the Sulphur Springs distance runners gave their best efforts.
Graham Northcutt won two events, Kasie Carrell added gold and bronze medals and Tate Ramirez placed in two runs, pacing the Wildcats to a sixth-place team finish at the 14-team Clay Jones Relays.
In cold, gusty conditions, the Wildcats also received a third-place finish from Demarcus Johnson in the shot put and points from hurdler Daymon Nash in two events.
In the first event of the meet, Northcutt set the bar high for the rest of the competitors. He not only won the 3,200-meter run - beating Forney favorite Dennis Yeats in the process - he also set a meet record with a time of 9 minutes, 38.54 seconds.
It was a personal best for the senior who qualified for state last year in the 800-meter run. This year, he is turning his attention to the metric mile and two-mile.
He also won the 1,600-meter run, once again beating Yeats, in a personal best time of 4:27.53. Carrell was third in 4:43.58, and Ramirez was fourth in 4:43.74.
In the 3,200, Ramirez finished third in a time of 10:23.40.
Carrell won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:05.39, his second victory in two meets.
In the shot put, Johnson threw 48 feet, 6 inches to place third. It was his best throw of the season.
In the 110-meter hurdles, Nash placed fifth in a time of 15.71 seconds, and he was sixth n the high jump with a leap of 5-8.
The Lady Cats did not have a varsity girl place among the top six.
The Wildcats and Lady Cats will be competing in Kaufman on Thursday.