Anderson takes second at Jeffco League meet |

Anderson takes second at Jeffco League meet

Devon O'Neil
Vail Daily/Preston Utley Summit's Katie Sodergren, left, races in a meet earlier this season. On Thursday she was part of an all-freshmen foursome that took fourth in the 4x800 relay at the Jeffco League meet.

ENGLEWOOD – Whitney Anderson’s first two races in Colorado this year didn’t go quite as well as she’d hoped, but the Summit High School senior still finished second to lead the Tigers at the Jeffco League championships on Thursday.Anderson, the defending 4A state champion in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter distances, finished behind Conifer’s Angela Potrykus in both the 1,600 and 800 on Thursday. She beat Potrykus at state last year, but fell 1.32 seconds short in the 1,600 and was 5.16 seconds back in the 800 Thursday at Englewood.SHS assistant coach Kevin Mastin said Potrykus looked hungry as ever in the 1,600. “You could tell that she wanted that win as bad as any,” he said.

As a group, Summit’s track and field Tigers took seventh of nine teams on the girls side, and 10th of 10 teams on the boys side.The surprise of Anderson’s runner-up showings was lessened because it was just her second competition since taking fourth at last year’s Foot Locker Cross Country Championship in December, and first of the year at altitude.Her 1,600 time of 5 minutes, 14.75 seconds was seven seconds back of that which she used to win the state title last May. And although she ran the 800 on Thursday, she will stick with the 1,600 and 3,200 at state this year. Thursday’s 1,600 time qualified her for the May 20-21 championship meet; she hopes to qualify for the 3,200 next week at regionals.

Among other Tigers making waves at the league meet, three individuals placed in the top eight: John Koop took fifth in the shot put; Charles Koenig did the same in the high jump, missing out on first by two inches; and Catherine Clark finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles.Summit’s placing relay teams included four girls teams: the fourth-place all-freshmen 4×800 squad (Katie Sodergren, Mackenzie Jones, Jenya Berino and Mallory Clark); the fifth-place 4×400 foursome (Amy Secor, Jordan Cooper, Catherine Clark and Madeline Child); the sixth-place girls 4×200 team (Steph Wade, Gill Montgomery, Child and Mallory Clark); and the eighth-place 4×100 group (Alyssa Kircher, Courtney Stoffel, Elise Scanlan and Kelsey Roe).The boys foursomes that placed included two in eighth place: the 4×100 squad (Bob Koch, Robert Phipps, Jon Nease and Koenig); and the 4×400 group (Charles Keeling, Phipps, Nease and Koenig).

Summit’s final shot at qualifying for state comes next week with the regional meet at Mullen High School.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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