12 Tigers advance to track and field regionals
LAKEWOOD – If the Summit High School track and field team has learned one thing this year, it’s how to brave the elements.According to assistant coach Kevin Mastin, the Tigers have encountered more inclement weather this season than they have the past several springs.Thursday’s Jeffco 10 League meet in Lakewood was no exception. When the long day of sporadic showers was over, Summit’s girls team emerged with a fifth-place finish while their male counterparts took ninth.With only 12 Tiger boys in uniform, the team has sustained an inherent disadvantage all season, according to Mastin.”Our guys team is quantitatively just not big enough,” Mastin said. “It’s hard to place well when we just don’t have the entries event after event.”
The Lady Tigers, by contrast, featured 22 athletes on Thursday.Madeleine Child was Summit’s leading point scorer on the day, after placing in each of the three events she entered.Child took second in the 300-meter hurdles, third in the 1600 relay and sixth in the 800 relay.Child was joined in the 1600 by Katie Sodergren, Jordan Cooper and Mallory Clark. Steph Wade, Nadi DeJulio and Catherine Clark rounded out Summit’s 800 team; Catherine Clark also took third in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 200 dash, and Mallory Clark finished sixth in the 400. Sodergren won the triple jump with a season-best 31 feet, 7 inches. She was followed by MacKenzie Jones in fifth. DeJulio took sixth in the high jump.
Sharayah Dossett had a big hurl of 85 feet, 7 inches to take second in the discus. “Most of these girls had their best performance of the season,” Mastin said. “Everyone, not just our team, is peaking right now with regionals and state both coming up.”Braden Shoop led Summit’s boys team with a sixth-place finish in the triple jump. Normally, the high jump is Shoop’s forte.”Braden really struggled in the high jump,” Mastin said. “Then he took out his aggressions by walking across the field and popping his best triple jump of the season. It was great to see him rebound quickly after being so disappointed.”Gusty winds may have contributed to Shoop’s high jump woes, Mastin said.
Shoop was also part of the 800 relay team that walked away with a seventh-place finish. He was joined by Stephan Collard, Will Bartels and Bobby Daigle. In the 400 relay, Bartels, Steven Champion, Hayden Hedman and Helaman Salas teamed up to take eighth place. The Tigers will send 10 girls and two boys to next week’s regional competition, which is set for Wednesday and Friday at Mullen High School in Denver.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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