SSHS varsity boys win third; JV boys win Golden Lion Relays

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Mar. 10, 2007 - KAUFMAN - Unable to take a full team to the Golden Lion Relays on Thursday because of illness and injury, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats still had a solid showing.

The varsity boys took third in the meet with 88 points, coming away with four gold medals, while the JV boys won the meet with 136 points.

Girls results were not immediately available and will be published as soon as they are released.

In the varsity division, the SSHS distance runners kept up their incredible seasons, putting them on course for a shot of several school records, and the Wildcats also got a first-place finish from Kaylon Page in the high jump.

The JV boys won their second meet of the season behind five gold-medal performances.

"We took 29 varsity and JV participants and 22 of them placed in the top six in an event," said SSHS head coach Steve Hale. "We had a lot of kids not make the trip because they were sick or hurt, but we had some others step up. We had a lot of personal bests.

"Track is pretty clear - either you get better or worse. The times don't lie. I challenged them before the meet to get tougher and do some things differently, and they had a great meet. I'm very happy with their performances."

Page cleared 6-6, a personal best, to win the high jump. He took three attempts at 6-8, but couldn't clear the bar. He also ran a leg on the mile relay, along with Tyler Wilson, Graham Northcutt and Kasie Carrell, that placed second in a time of 3:38.72.

As chronicled in a story yesterday, Northcutt won two events, the 3,200-meter run in a time of 9:45.29, then came back to run the third-fasted time in school history in the 1,600 with a 4:22.33.

Carrell won the 800-meter run in 2:01.98, his fastest time of the season, and was second in the 1,600 with a 4:38.08. Wilson placed sixth in the 3,200 in 10:52.06.

Demarcus Johnson threw 46-10 in the shot put to place second, while teammate Rodney Evans was sixth with a 42-4 throw.

Jon Young also earned a silver medal, placing second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.86 seconds. He came back to get fifth in the 300 hurdles with a clocking of 44.96.

JUNIOR VARSITY

The JV boys had five first-place finishes.

In the field events, Andrew Burton threw 40-5 in the shot put to win, followed by teammate Colton Nash in second at 39-7.

The 400-meter relay team of Lemarcus Kendricks, Robert Askew, Boo Evans and Darrell Franklin won their event in 45.65 seconds, and Evans came back to win the 200 in 23.92 seconds. Franklin was second in 24.35.

Kendricks won the 100 in 11.74, followed in fifth by Askew in 12.02. The 800 relay also placed first.

In other events, Andy Ginn took second in the 800-meter run with a 2:14.41 clocking, and Erich Hartin was second in the 1,600 in 5:12.69. Chris White was sixth in a time of 5:19.15. Mason Y'Barbo was second in the discus with a toss of 107-0, followed by Dillon Verner in third, one inch behind, and Burton in fifth at 92-6.

Johnny McSheffery also placed second, running a 44.85 in the 300 hurdles.

Askew took fourth in the high jump at 5-4, and Preston Weaver was fifth in the 3,200.

"Our JV guys keep pressing the mark, and we had a lot of personal bests across the board," Hale said.

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