Briana Perkins wins again for SHS cross country
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GEORGETOWN ” Watch out, high school running world. Briana Perkins is starting to win without so much as straining.
The slim Summit High School sophomore used a calmly delivered move late in the race to take Tuesday’s Georgetown Classic in Georgetown, Perkins’ second victory of the year. She pulled away from an Elizabeth runner with a little less than a mile to go, and won by more than 50 meters on the flat 5K course, which featured four water crossings. Her time was 20 minutes, 58 seconds.
“The whole time she looked very comfortable and relaxed,” SHS coach Heather Quarantillo said.
Perkins’ win led the Tiger girls to a third-place finish in the strong 4A/5A field, despite the fact that Summit was missing its No. 3 and No. 4 runners, Jordan Cooper and Jenya Berino.
Brittany Perkins finished seventh (22:45) in the 82-runner field by passing two racers over the final mile. A little more than a minute later, Mackenzie Jones (23:54) crossed the finish line in 22nd place.
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Mallory Clark (30th, 24:15) passed five runners in the last mile, followed closely by freshmen Lara Silven (31st, 24:18) and Hannah Hausman (33rd, 24:30). It was Hausman’s first race back from a knee injury.
Sophomore Morgan Major rounded out Summit’s varsity finishers by passing three runners late in the race to finish 43rd (25:02).
“I am really pleased that the girls had such a strong last mile as a team,” Quarantillo said. “It shows that they are starting to learn how to push harder in the end, when they’re more tired.”
In the boys race, senior captain Ben Holland fought off a nasty cold to finish 26th (19:45) in the 110-runner field, his fastest career finish in this event. Sophomore Tyler Reinking continues to close the gap between Holland and himself; Tuesday he took 29th in 20:07.
Senior Luke Smith (21:15) continued his solid season with a 59th-place finish at the head of Summit’s second pack of runners. Marshall Snead (62nd, 21:21), John Willis (67th, 21:30), Chris Rice (70th, 21:35) followed Smith’s lead, while Taylor Miller took 90th (23:94).
As a team, the Tiger boys finished fifth in the 4A/5A division. “It was not the team score we were looking for, but I’m still pleased with the performances,” Quarantillo said.
Summit next competes on Saturday, at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby.
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