County runners dominate at NH meet

From Staff Reports

Sept. 17, 2007 - BIRTHRIGHT - Hopkins County runners blazed the cross country trail Saturday at the North Hopkins Invitational, dominating the boys and girls varsity races.

Sulphur Springs senior Tate Ramirez won the boys' 3.1-mile race in a time of 15 minutes, 49 seconds, while North Hopkins senior Jessi Mannis held off Como-Pickton's Bethanie Stinson to finish first on the girls' two-mile course.

Sulphur Springs won both the boys and girls team titles in the 4A-5A division, though it was just a two-team race with North Lamar. North Hopkins, meanwhile, won the girls A-3A division and finished second among the boys.

The runners in both the big school and small school divisions ran together, but finished in different chutes.

Ramirez won the overall race, beating Pleasant Grove's Will Barry by 16 seconds. Tyler Wilson, SSHS senior, was third overall and second in his division by finishing in a personal-best time of 17:07. He was just a few steps ahead of Sulphur Bluff's Everett Wilder, who came in at 17:10.

Rounding out the SSHS runners, Preston Weaver ran a personal best time of 18:07 and Garrett Gray finished in 18:26 to capture the top four places in the 4A-5A division. North Lamar's Travis Pugh came in fifth, then Sulphur Springs finished sixth-eighth: Chris White in 18:31, Andrew Wallace in 18:35 and Victor Gonzalez in 19:26.

In the small school division, Wilder came in second, with teammate Trey Henderson finishing sixth in 17:44 and Colt Nichols coming in at 19:11. Also running for the Bears was Gerardo Rodriguez, Ismael Gutierrez, Zach Hope and Jeremy Hatfield.

The Bears finished fourth in the team standings.

North Hopkins was led by Jose Cadena, who was fourth in his division in 17:24. Eric Perez came in eight in 17:54 and Lorenzo Rivera was 20th in 18:27. Other runners were Brandon Joslin, 27th in 18:56, Paco Castro, 35th in 19:26; Dylan Horne and Roger Sancho.

In the girls' big school classification, SSHS runners finished second-fourth with Ana Sanchez leading the Lady Cats in a time of 14:29. It was her first cross country race.

Senior Kelsey Evans was close behind in 14:34, and junior Katie Dodd finished in 14:50. Sophomore Kacie Crowson was sixth in 15:44, and sophomore Brittany Woolley was ninth in 16:22. The Lady Cats edged out North Lamar, 24-31.

In the small school division, Hopkins County runners finished in three of the top four spots. After Mannis and Stinson finished 1-2, Miller Grove's Stormy Combs came in fourth in 13:37.

North Hopkins easily won the team title by having its top five runners finish no lower than 21st. Cayla Newkirk and Scarlett Lozano were 10th and 11th in 14:44 and 14:45, respectively. Right behind them was Virginia Thomas in 13th place (14:49). Brittany Whaley and Blair Bassham finished in 21st (15:26) and 22nd (15:29) and Kaylee Flippen was 29th in 16:05.

Sulphur Bluff had one runner, Karissa Wolf, who came in seventh place in a time of 14:30.

Junior varsity and junior high results will be in Tuesday's edition of the News-Telegram.

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