Briana Perkins uses last-second sprint to win at Leadville |

Briana Perkins uses last-second sprint to win at Leadville

LEADVILLE – Summit High School sophomore Briana Perkins dashed to a dramatic victory Saturday at the Lake County Invite, sprinting to victory on the Leadville Colorado Mountain College campus a half stride ahead of a Dakota Ridge runner.Perkins’ win helped the Tiger girls to a fifth-place finish in the nine-team 4A/5A division; SHS was fourth among 4A squads.”She had to fight to the death all the way to the line,” Summit coach Heather Quarantillo said. “It was something else. She ran with everything she had.”Perkins finished the 5K course in 21 minutes, 17 seconds.Her sister, SHS co-captain Brittany, took 12th in the 54-runner field (23:56), followed by fellow co-captain Jordan Cooper (29th, 25:01). Summit’s other scorers included Jenya Berino (32nd, 25:14), Lara Silven (37th, 26:29) and Morgan Major (40th, 27:21).Freshman Hannah Hausman injured her knee during the race and could not finish.Also of note, sophomore Mackenzie Jones took third in the open (JV) race in 25:01, the same time as Cooper’s time on the varsity squad.In the boys race, senior Ben Holland led the Tigers to a sixth-place finish among the nine teams in the 4A/5A division. He took 14th in the 58-runner field, crossing the line at 20:27.Tyler Reinking (24th, 21:12), Luke Smith (37th, 21:56), John Willis (49th, 22:34) and Marshall Snead (50th, 22:35) also scored for Summit, while Chris Rice finished 51st right behind Snead and Willis.Dakota Ridge, a 5A school, won both the boys and girls race.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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