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SHS track at full speed toward league meet

It's not very often Summit High track athletes qualify for the state meet, especially since the rules were rewritten to force them to compete against the entire state, not just the league.

But this year, a couple Tigers have a pretty good shot.

Ridge Strickler reset his own school record in the 200 at the league prelims Tuesday. He qualified for league meet finals in the 100, 200 and 400, which will take place Saturday.

"I think a lot of kids are peaking," head coach Kristy McClain said. "(Strickler) beat his own school record in the 200. He came close in the 100. He didn't run his fastest 400 yesterday, but after running those other sprints, we weren't too surprised about that."

Distance runner Liam Meirow was second in the 3,200 with a time of 10 minutes, 15 seconds, beating his own school record by roughly 15 seconds. Meanwhile Katherine Pappas, ran a personal best in the 3,200 with a time of 12:32.

"They're all pacing right now, and this is exactly where they should be," McClain said. "It's pretty exciting to see the kids compete at that level."

The track team, which is the only SHS sports team with remaining competitions this school year, is hoping to place at the league meet on Saturday.

"It's always nice to place; it's a great honor, but Liam and Ridge, they're looking to qualify for state. They're going to try to run their best times possible to see if they can get into that top 18 (in the state) because that's a tough endeavor."


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