Leaving Dakota Ridge High School Tuesday night, both cross-country teams had a second-place finish in the bag.
The girls competed against eight teams while the boys faced seven foes in their division. Though they were competing with 57 and 55 runners in their divisions, respectively, hundreds more ran alongside them as competitors in other divisions.
"The race was kind of interesting because we were running against bigger schools, too," head coach Heather Quarantillo said. "We were scored against smaller schools, were still running with 5A schools. It was a massive race."
Junior Liam Meirow not only finished first in his division in 17 minutes, 8 seconds, he placed second in the overall pack.
"That was very exciting to see that he was right there amidst the top of the big schools," Quarantillo said. "We're proud of the boys. It's their highest finish this season."
They came in second with 57 points to D'Evelyn's 42 points.
The girls also placed second to D'Evelyn, finishing just two points behind the Jaguars' 34. Two runners kept ahead of freshman Emily Pappas to bring in additional points for the D'Evelyn team, edging Summit out of first-place running. Meanwhile, the girls had four top 10 finishes, starting with freshman McKenna Ramsay in second at 20:29, freshman Ruthie Boyd fourth in 20:47, junior Katherine Pappas seventh in 21:17 and freshman McKinley Jones eighth in 21:48.
"We beat (D'Evelyn) the other week by a narrow margin ... They were definitely hunting for us (Tuesday)," Quarantillo said. "It was super close today, but we were competitive with the field. We felt like our kids all did so well, especially considering they just ran really fast races in Glenwood just three days ago."
Assistant coach Kevin Mastin warned the runners that they've now got a target on their backs because they've proven they can do well. It's not bad, but the pressure is on.
On Saturday, the teams head to the Englewood Windjammer Invitational, giving them a few days to rest. The large meet will host a number of different schools and is a fast course.
"It'll be the fastest course so far this season," Quarantillo said. "It'll be exciting to see how many kids can lay down their fastest times for the season."
It's also the last race for the junior varsity runners.
Girls' individual results
McKenna Ramsay - 2nd - 20:29
Ruthie Boyd - 4th - 20:47
Katherine Pappas - 7th - 21:17
McKinley Jones - 8th - 21:48
Emily - 15th - 23:09
Sydney Stein - 18th - 23:46
Riley Vargo - 22nd - 24:11
Boys' individual results
Liam Meirow - 1st - 17:08
Robert Koegel - 11th - 19:34
Shane Arnold - 15th - 19:57
Danny Cuadrado - 20th - 20:43
Colin McGrew - 23rd - 20:57
Kevin Curnutte - 32nd - 21:35
Sam Piehl - 33rd - 21:37 (previously out with injury)