With the snow melting and warming weather, Summit High School spring sports are drawing to a close this week. Tiger boys and girls lacrosse, girls soccer, and track and field all wrapped their regular season this weekend. Baseball follows suit Tuesday with their final game against Eagle Valley. While the boys lacrosse team may still have a glimmer of hope for a shot at the playoffs — playoff selections are scheduled for Monday — only the track team appears to be headed for a strong post season with a league meet this coming week followed by states May 15-17.
Track: The Tiger track team closed out their regular season with a number of strong performances in their final two regular season meets — at Battle Mountain Tuesday, April 29, and at West Grand High School Saturday, May 3.
“The kids certainly peaked when they should have,” Tiger coach Kristy McClain said Sunday. “That West Grand meet was very exciting. That was their highest finish in a meet this year.”
The boys team finished sixth at Battle Mountain and first at West Grand. The girls took fourth place at Battle Mountain and second at West Grand.
Standouts Liam Meirow and McKenna Ramsay led the way again for the Tigers, breaking school or meet records. Ramsay placed first in the 800-meter at Battle Mountain, running the course in 2 minutes 24.12 seconds. She followed that up by breaking her own record once again Saturday at the Joe Shields Invitational at West Grand High, this time running the course in 2:19.82. She also took first in Saturday’s 200.
Meirow set a meet record at Battle Mountain finishing the 800 in 1:59.57.
Both the boys and girls 4x400 relay teams took top honors as well Tuesday. The girls 4x800 team also contributed a second-place finish. Ruthie Boyd added another top podium spot with a first-place finish in the 1600, running the course in 535.32. Katherine Pappas joined her on the podium finishing third in 5:06.32.
Saturday’s Joe Shields Invitational also yielded a number of top Summit finishers.
The boys 1600-meter relay team — Liam Meirow, Alex Veleta, Tim Batchelder and Nate Martin — set a new school record finishing first in 3:31.88.
The girls relay team also took the top spot in the 1600. McKenna Ramsay, Megan McDonnell, Jessica Horii and Ruthie Boyd finished the race in 4:16.49
Summit’s Ruthie Boyd and Katherine Pappas also claimed top individual honors. Boyd finished first in the 1600 and Pappas in the 3200.
The team will head to Grand Junction Friday, May 9, for the year end league meet.
Baseball: The Tigers played through an up-and-down week losing 11-8 to Alameda Monday, followed by series splits in double headers against Steamboat Springs Wednesday, and Glenwood Saturday. The Tigers won their first game against Steamboat 7-0 and then were shut out 10-0 in the second. On Saturday they topped Glenwood 6-4 and then lost 10-7 in their second game. The team is currently 6-11 with two games remaining. They’ll face Battle Mountain Monday, May 5, in a makeup game, and then close the season against Eagle Valley Tuesday.
Boys Lacrosse: With a potential playoff spot hanging in the balance, the Tiger boys lacrosse team faced a challenging close to the season with home games against top-ranked Battle Mountain (No. 1) and Steamboat Springs (No. 2) at home followed by a game at Thompson Valley. The team struggled all week falling to Battle Mountain 11-4, Steamboat 13-2 and Thompson Valley 14-1. They wrapped the season with a 6-9 record. Playoff teams will be selected Monday. Summit athletic director Amy Raymond said the team may still have an outside chance at sneaking in.
Girls Soccer: The girls soccer team wrapped their season with the league cross-over tournament last week. The Tigers fell to Delta 1-2 in their first game Tuesday, April 29, and then topped Rifle 2-0, leaving Rifle win less on the season. The Tigers finished the year 5-10.