Summit Hiigh: Shorthanded, Tigers run best times
September 22, 2009
With nearly half the team out sick, the Summit High cross country team put forth a solid performance at the Chatfield Challenge, Tuesday.
In a meet featuring 36 schools from across the state, the Tigers weren’t conceded about their team placing – 19th on the girls’ side and 32nd in boys’ – but focused instead on how each of their runners performed.
Despite being cold and rainy throughout the meet, the Tigers ran at a brisk pace, with each of the team’s 12 runners finishing in their best times of the season.
“Our numbers were definitely depleted because of illness, and the results were less than typical,” SHS head coach Heather Quarantillo said. ” … But all our runners did very well. We’re really pleased.”
The girls’ squad was led by junior Cali Greksa. Greksa finished in 37th place with a time of 21:19. Right behind her was sophomore Alisha Scheifley, who ran in 21:46 for a 49th-place finish.
Rounding out the lineup for the girls were junior Julia Hayes (22:28), sophomore Paige Olson (24:51), senior Meghan Kane (25:10) and senior Dana Meeker (28:29).
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Sophomore Tucker McCrerey led the boys’ team with an 84th-place finish in a time of 18:33. Junior Duncan Koehn was 152nd in the meet at 19:37, and sophomore Quinton Bobb (20:09), sophomore Troy Meeker (22:29), senior Ben Voutour (22:54) and junior Inigo Portilla (23:26) also competed.
With 246 boys and nearly that many girls competing on Tuesday, Quarantillo said the meet was easily the largest the Tigers have competed in this season.
“We’re happy with how they did with not being able to run with a full team,” the coach said.
Now, Quarantillo hopes her team can get healthy before its lone home meet of the season on Saturday.
“We want to have everyone be able to come out and run on Saturday,” she said. “We want them healthy for the only home meet. That’s our main goal is to run two solid teams.”
Saturday’s meet is at the Frisco Peninsula and begins at 10 a.m. with a middle school race. The varsity boys are likely to start at 10:30, while the girls are slated to run at 11.
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