Summit High: Tiger cross country represents in home meet
September 27, 2009
FARMER’S KORNER – Depleted by injuries and illness, one would expect the Summit High cross country team to limp into its lone home meet of the season Saturday in Frisco.
But, as junior Duncan Koehn put it, when runners are down and out, others need to step up.
“A lot of us started faster because of it and went faster the whole race,” he said.
Though the overall team scores may not show it, the Tigers impressed at the 9,100-Ft. Invitational at the Frisco peninsula.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were without their respective top runners, yet the girls were able to finish in fourth place, while the boys were ninth.
Palmer High School won both sides of the race by convincing margins.
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“We can only go with the best team we have on any given day, and that’s all we can do,” SHS head coach Heather Quarantillo said. “On another day with everyone healthy, it might have been different, but we can only go with what we have that day.”
Junior Cali Greksa led the way on the girls’ side with a solid 11th-place finish. Greksa, battling through sickness, finished the 5k course in 23:37.
“It’s pretty challenging with all the hills and the footing, you have to watch your ankles,” Greksa said of the course. “I love having a home meet, and I think we did pretty well.”
Pushing her nearly the entire way was Julie Bishop. The Summit junior wound up in 14th, just 19 seconds behind Greksa.
Junior Julia Hayes was next for the Tigers, finishing 19th in a time of 24:35.
And sophomore Alisha Scheifley (20th) and junior Tess Olson (32nd) were the final runners counting toward the Summit team total.
For the boys, it was sophomore Quinton Bobb leading the pack of Tigers. Bobb finished in a swift time of 21:34 to finish in 37th place.
Bobb felt the course suited his team, especially because of the hilly terrain.
“We run on stuff like this every day,” he said. “I think that we are pretty used to it.”
Koehn was next for the boys, finishing in 40th place.
Sophomore Troy Meeker (60th), senior Erik Ladwig (68th) and junior Inigo Portilla (70th) all had their places count toward the team total.
“We’re really pleased with how they did,” Quarantillo said of both squads. “We’re so depleted with injuries and illness this week that we feel they did the best they can. They represented their school well, and we’re really pleased.”
Though the girls’ squad has a strong shot at returning to the state meet this season, Quarantillo said her team’s only focus right now is getting everyone healthy again.
“The focus is definitely on health,” she said. “We just need to get everyone back and running.”b
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