Injuries mount for SSHS runners
From Staff Reports
Sept. 24, 2007 - REDWATER - Andy Holt liked what he saw from his cross country runners on Saturday, but the Sulphur Springs coach would have liked to have seen a couple more Wildcats healthy enough to run.
SSHS senior Tyler Wilson placed second overall to lead the Wildcats to a second-place team finish at the Redwater "Run Across Dragon Country" Meet, and senior Ana Sanchez was fourth individually in the girls race.
But, senior Tate Ramirez received a negative medical report this week and joins junior Dylan Rutherford in the "unable to perform" category.
Ramirez was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his femur and will miss six-to-eight weeks, which would run through the District 11-4A meet on Oct. 22. Rutherford had two surgeries on his foot this summer and fall and hopes to be able to return to running after the first of the year.
They have both had multiple physical ailments over the last couple of years.
"We've been very unfortunate with them," Holt said. "Tate's had problems every year, but has come back healthy enough to finish the season, and we hope that happens this year. Dyland, on the other hand, hasn't really been fully healthy since he's been in high school. We hope he gets well and is able to run in January."
Whether Ramirez is able to run or not this season, Holt expects the remaining harriers to qualify the Wildcats for regional again.
If they continue to improve on Saturday's times, they should accomplish that goal.
"The other guys picked up the slack," Holt said.
Wilson ran the 3.1-mile race in 17 minutes, 18 seconds, which Holt said was right on schedule.
"We hoped he would be running low-17s at this point," the coach explained. B"y the end of the year, we want him to be in the 16s."
He was followed by sophomore Preston Weaver, who finished seventh overall in a time of 18:04, and three other Wildcats were 11th, 13th and 14th. Juniors Garrett Gray and Ross Hicks came through at 18:17 and 18:22, while freshmen Jared Morgan was 14th in 18:26.
Andrew Wallace finished in 18:39 and Chris White at 19:08.
"It's good to see that we've got some group running, and we're running at a good pace. We're not at the back, we're at the front running as a group," Holt said, adding that he was "very excited" about Morgan's time as a freshman.
He was also pleased to see senior Ana Sanchez's improvement. Sanchez had never ran in a cross country meet before last week. On Saturday, she was fourth overall in 13:45 on the two-mile course, cutting about 40 seconds off her previous best time.
"Ana ran awesome," Holt said. "I think she's beginning to believe she can be good at this."
Senior Kelsey Evans finished 34th in 15:27. Five seconds later, junior Katie Dodd came in, followed by sophomore Kacie Crowson in 15:46, freshman Julie Hromcik in 16:09, sophomore Brittany Woolley in 16:58, and sophomore Elizabeth Sheffield in 17:13.
In the JV division, Sulphur Springs won the team title as the top five runners all finished in the top 10. Omar Ortiz, Triston Crook and Victor Gonzalez came in 2-4 in times of 18:42, 18:53 and 19:00, respectively. Bailey Booher was eighth in 19:43 and Tyler Usher was 10th in 19:55.
Cody Brown, Andy Ginn and Drew Hanna also ran for the Wildcats.
In the JV girls, Samantha Owens finished 14th in a time of 17:03, and Sabrina Hutchings was 27th in 18:55.