Back on track: Summit track and field team excited to chase records and improve upon finish last season |

Back on track: Summit track and field team excited to chase records and improve upon finish last season

Dom Remeikis, left, and Ella Hagen perform a workout on a snowy track Monday, March 7. This season, Remeikis has goals of qualifying for the 4A state meet and breaking two school records.
Michael Hagen/Courtesy photo

Summit High School’s track and field team is practicing indoors due to the recent snow storms, but that doesn’t mean track season isn’t underway.

In fact, the team’s first track meet is slated for this weekend in Denver as the team competes at the Columbine Invitational. The team is hoping for warmer weather and less snow in order to have its first big performance of the season.

This is the largest team the school has ever had. More than 70 student-athletes are on the roster.

One of the reasons the team is so large is because of how easy it is for multi-sport athletes to participate in running events, which allows them to stay in shape for other sports.

Among the large roster, the team has its share of experienced returners in seniors Emily Koetteritz and Aidan Collins as well as juniors Jack Schierholz, Dom Remeikis and Liam Dalzell — all of which are multi-sport athletes.

Collins and Schierholz are especially unique as they are multi-sport, spring athletes. Collins is on the lacrosse team, and Schierholz is on the baseball team.

“The nice thing with track is that it’s not like you are learning any plays or anything,” Collins said. “It’s nice to come (to track) and focus on your form and running. That translates to lacrosse, as well.”

The team will not see the return of two athletes who competed at the state meet since they graduated, but that does not mean the team will not be competitive.

At the 4A Western Slope league meet last year, the team placed fifth out of six teams on the boys and girls side, and the Tigers are hoping to improve upon that finish.

“Last year was hard with the pandemic,” coach Kristy McClain said. “We lost a lot of athletes once school was out. … Hopefully this year that won’t happen to us, and we will be a strong team all the way through.”

Schierholz and Collins, who are a dynamic duo in the fall on the football field at quarterback and wide receiver, will look to pass the baton to one another this track season in the 4×100 meter relay.

Both said they have their eyes set on breaking the school record in the event after failing to do so last season.

Shannon Reed, from left, Regan McMahon Jackson, Jenna Sheldon, Miabella Guadagnoli and Lucy Brady run at Summit High School’s track and field practice May 5, 2021.
Joel Wexler/For the Summit Daily News

“Last year was exciting. We got close to the 4×100 meter record, but this year we are looking to dethrone it and take it for ourselves,” Schierholz said.

Last year, Summit star-distance runner Remeikis barely missed the 18-man state field for the 4A state track meet in the 3,200 and 1,600 meter runs, but this year he is determined to be a part of the field as well as tack his name to a few state records.

The Summit High School track team will get its season underway at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at Jefferson County Stadium.

Tigers track and field varsity schedule

• March 12: Columbine Invitational, Jefferson County Stadium, 8:30 a.m.

• March 18: Rifle Invitational, Rifle High School, TBD

• March 26: Runners Roost Invitational, Fort Collins High School, 9 a.m.

• April 1: Erie Twilight Invitational, Erie High School, noon

• April 9: D’Evelyn Invitational, Jefferson County Stadium, TBD

• April 13: Norsemen Invitational, Northglenn High School, 2:30 p.m.

• April 16: Demon Invite, Glenwood Springs High School, 9 a.m.

• April 26: Husky Invitational, Battle Mountain High School, 12 p.m.

• April 30: Steamboat Invitational, Steamboat High School, 10 a.m.

• May 6-7: Western Slope League 4A League Meet, Rifle High School, 4 p.m. May 6, 10 a.m. May 7

• May 13: West Grand Invitational, Kremmling High School, 9 a.m.

• May 13: St. Vrain Invitational, Longmont High School, 9 a.m.

• May 19-21: CHSAA state meet at Jefferson County Stadium, TBD

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