Summit High School cross-country rallied for a win in both the boys' and girls' races in Saturday's Glenwood Springs Demon XC meet at CMC Spring Valley campus.
This time, Ruthie Boyd won the girls' race, overtaking McKenna Ramsay about two miles into the race.
"Both girls were so smooth and strong coming in front of two runners from 5A Heritage High School to go 1 and 2," head coach Heather Quarantillo said. Boyd won in 20 minutes, 20 seconds and Ramsay finished in 20:31.
The two freshmen Summit harriers were followed by Lauren Linscott of Heritage, third in 20:42 and Anika Reuter of Heritage, fourth in the same time.
Freshman McKinley Jones and junior Katherine Pappas finished eighth (21:19) and ninth (21:27), respectively. Freshman Emily Pappas was the fifth scorer in 21st place (22:55). Freshman Jessica Horii and sophomore Riley Vargo rounded out the seven-member varsity team in 30th (23:23) and 33rd (24:22), respectively.
The coaches weren't sure how the girls placed until well after the runners had finished. In the end, it was Emily Pappas reacting to the strategy change that won the race for the girls. She made several key passes in the last mile to "ice the win," assistant coach Kevin Mastin said.
"We were sure we had third place locked up to Heritage and Legend," Quarantillo said. "Both teams had their five scorers in before ours, but with low enough places from our front runners, we won with a score of 41."
Legend was second with 45 points and Heritage was third with 53 points.
"We were absolutely shocked and thrilled to take first. Although really small, this race was so competitive for us. It was a great confidence builder for our team," Quarantillo said, adding that the girls have two second places and three first places on the season.
On the boys side, Liam Meirow won in 17:07. He battled a strong group of four early in the race and developed a lead in the last kilometer. Soon, though, Christian Martin from Heritage closed in and finished a second behind Meirow.
"Once in front, Liam never looked back. He just pushed hard," Quarantillo said. "It is great for him to have two victories this week."
Robert Koegel followed in 20th place with a 19:10; Shane Arnold finished 23rd in 19:42; Colin McGrew was 25th in 20:25, Kevin Curnutte was 32nd in 20:36 and Tyler Shaw was 34th in 20:50. Curnutte pushed the last several hundred yards to make an important pass to secure Summit's 83-point third-place finish. Summit followed Heritage, which had 21, and Legend, which finished with 56 points.
"Going in, the goal was to compete against our regional competitors, namely Glenwood Springs," Mastin said. "However, as the race evolved, it was clear that our girls were gaining on the Front Range schools - Heritage and Legend. Coach Q and I were able to talk to the racers at multiple points, and were able to communicate the changing landscape."
Today, the teams head to Dakota Ridge High School.