Harriers head to state
Ryan Summerlin October 18, 2012
Liam Meirow ran his fastest time, shattered a Summit High School record by more than 30 seconds and landed himself a spot in the cross-country state championships for the second time in the junior’s high school career.
The regional champion finished the 5k race in 15 minutes, 52 seconds, finishing ahead of his closest competition, Durango’s Joe Maloney, by 10 seconds.
“It was really exciting,” head coach Heather Quarantillo said. “We knew they had a very fast runner. … Liam played his cards very well. He started slowly with a 5:14 in the first mile. He chased down Durango between miles one and two … He ran a sub 5-minute mile as his last mile, which is incredible for cross-country.”
Meirow held the former school record, 16:23 on the same course, set in the 2011 season.
He’ll be accompanied to state by the girls’ cross-country team, who placed third of 10 teams at the regional meet in Delta Wednesday to become the first harriers team since 2009 to attend state together.
In recent history, junior Katherine Pappas qualified the past two years and Meirow qualified last year. Summit hasn’t sent an entire boys’ team to the state meet since 2008 – and missed the mark again Wednesday, placing seventh of 10 teams.
“We needed to have everyone with their very best races of the season,” head coach Heather Quarantillo said. “We weren’t quite there this season, but look forward to trying again next season.”
Meanwhile, on the girls’ side, senior Sydney Stein will be enjoying a return to state three years after accompanying her team as a freshman. Stein ran in 21 minutes, 41 seconds to place 48th of 88 runners.
Freshmen McKenna Ramsay and Ruthie Boyd placed fifth and ninth overall, respectively, putting themselves in a spot to attend the state championships individually had the team not qualified. Ramsay finished in 18:58, one second behind her personal best time set last week in Englewood.
Shannon Maloney of Durango High won the race in 18:10, coming out ahead of a tight foursome.
“(McKenna) ran very well, and was super competitive,” Quarantillo said. “She outsprinted a girl from Battle Mountain, Mandy Ortiz, who beat her at the Englewood Windjammer race last week. That was really exciting.”
Though the team finished third overall, the bottom line for the team is that they’re headed to state.
“To go with a complete team is exactly what we were hoping for,” Quarantillo said, adding that Battle Mountain peaks well in the regional meet. The team finished first with 49 points, followed by Durango, which finished with 74 points. Eagle Valley and Montrose finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and will also be attending state.
“Battle Mountain always runs fast at regionals,” Quarantillo said. “They earned their No. 1 spot, and we knew Durango would be tough competition. We are happy with our place. We had hoped for first or second, but third place is solidly a qualifying team.”
The state meet is on Oct. 27 at the Penrose Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs.
McKenna Ramsay, 5th – 18:58
Ruthie Boyd, 9th – 19:11
McKinley Jones, 18th – 20:11
Katherine Pappas, 21st – 20:27
Emily Pappas, 36th – 21:10
Riley Vargo, 41st – 21:19
Sydney Stein, 48th – 21:41
Liam Meirow, 1st – 15:52
Robert Koegel, 34th – 18:07
Shane Arnold, 44th – 18:24
Danny Cuadrado, 56th – 19:02
Colin McGrew, 58th – 19:10
Sam Piehl, 66th – 19:38
Alex Mason, 70th – 19:53