SSHS split squad does well in Mount Vernon

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

Mar. 26, 2007 - With a split squad this weekend, the Sulphur Springs tracksters placed second at the Tiger Invitational Meet in Mount Vernon, then had two distance runners perform extremely well at the Jesuit Sheaner Relays in Dallas.

Most of the SSHS track team went to Mount Vernon on Thursday, with the varsity boys placing second and the varsity girls sixth. The JV results were not available and will be published soon.

The Wildcats had four first-place finishes, including a double winner in junior Tate Ramirez running the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. For the Lady Cats, junior Kelsey Evans won the 800-meter run.

In Dallas, senior Graham Northcutt placed second in the 1,600-meter run and Kasie Carrell was fourth in the 800-meter run against some of the best competition in the metroplex.

Northcutt, who eclipsed the 27-year-old school record last week when he ran a 4:19.63 in the 1,600, ran an outstanding time of 4:21.60 on Saturday and placed second behind Mesquite Poteet's Ryan Lusk, who was 3/10ths of a second better.

Carrell clocked his personal best in the 800, running the two-lap race in 1:59.72 to place fourth. Pinya Issa of Dallas Pinkston won the race in 1:57.70.

Carrell was edged out for third by Montrell Pyron of Terrell, who he will see again on Friday when the Wildcats run in Terrell.

Had Northcutt and Carrell ran in Mount Vernon, the Wildcats would have scored enough points to win the meet. As it was, they finished second with 129 points. Hooks had 150.

Ramirez got the Wildcats off to a good start by winning the 3,200 in a time of 10:19.75, and junior Tyler Wilson was third in 10:50.32. Ramirez came back to win the 1,600 in 4:45.51.

Senior Jeff Pitts, competing in his first meet in a month after pulling a muscle at the Wylie meet, won the 200-meter dash in a time of 23.19 seconds. SSHS runners won their other two heats with Chris Thompson placing fifth overall in 23.83 and Daqualin "Boo" Evans coming in sixth in 23.93.

Demarcus Johnson had the best throw of his career in the shot put, easily surpassing the 50-foot mark with a winning toss of 51-7. Rodney Evans was fourth with a 44-6 1/2 toss. In the other throwing event, Jacob Jenkins was fourth in the discus with a 111-6 toss.

The Wildcats picked up points in the 110-meter hurdles with Daymon Nash placing second in a season-best time of 15.11 seconds and Jon Young finishing third in 15.99. Young came back to get sixth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 45.11. Nash, meanwhile, placed fourth in the high jump, while Kaylon Page was second with a leap of 6-4.

In the 800, Wilson placed third in 2:15.07, and sophomore Andy Ginn, running in his first varsity meet, was a step behind in fourth in a time of 2:15.25.

All three relay teams placed. The 4x200-meter team was second in 1:34.56, while the sprint relay squad was third in 44.51, and the mile relay placed fourth in 3:48.93.

For the girls, Evans, a regional qualifier last year in the 800, won the half-mile event with a time of 2:35.34, and sophomore Amy Highfield placed sixth in 2:58.06.

Sophomore Cecily Adams placed fifth in two distance events. She ran a time of 14:45.35 in the 3,200, then came back with a 6:28.30 clocking in the 1,600.

Freshman Ashanti Ivery came in fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05.65, and sophomore Talea Reynolds was fourth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.20.

Evans and Ivery teamed with Molly Smith and Alyssa Burney to place third in the 1,600 relay in a time of 4:30.10. The sprint relay team was third in 53.02.

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