Clark pulls away in 400-meter dash
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LAKEWOOD ” Summit High School’s Mallory Clark did more than just win the 400-meter dash at Tuesday’s quint meet in Lakewood. By finishing five seconds ahead of the second-place runner, Clark truly set herself apart.
“When (Mallory) was on the back stretch, it looked like she was out there for a sprint and everyone else was out there for a jog,” Summit track and field coach Kristy McClain said. “She’s so competitive. When she hears someone coming up behind her, she just takes off.”
Clark wasn’t the only Tiger to take off in the 400. Jack-of-all-trades Matt Bowers, a senior competing in his first season as an SHS track athlete, posted a second-place finish in his 400 debut.
“Matt’s open to run anything,” McClain said. “When we ask him to run a new event, he does it and he does it well. I wish he had been here for the last three years.”
While Bowers posted the best individual finish for the fifth-place Tiger boys, Clark was one of three Summit females to win events in her team’s third-place finish.
Summit’s Madeleine Child won the 300-meter hurdles with teammate Nadi DeJulio placing fifth.
“I think that’s the most solid win (Child) has had in the 300 hurdles,” McClain said. “It wasn’t necessarily her best time but in relation to other runners, she was way in front of the pack. She looked pretty solid.”
Katie Sodergren was another of Summit’s top competitors, taking first in the 800-meter run and second in the triple jump.
Assistant coach Kevin Mastin, who works closely with Summit’s jumpers, is encouraged by the progress of Sodergren and DeJulio and he also sees room for them to improve.
“Nadi is graceful. She needs to get a little stronger to be more explosive,” Mastin said. “Katie has the strength but needs to get a bit quicker on her feet. She’s definitely getting better; I think she’ll have a personal best this season.”
Like Bowers, DeJulio is a threat in multiple events, competing in the long jump, high jump and hurdles.
Catherine Clark took second in both the 200-meter dash and the 100 hurdles for Summit. Sharayah Dossett took second in discus, Kelsey Roe was fifth in shot put and Jordan Cooper finished fourth in the 1600-meter run.
On Summit’s boys side, Stephen Ike took second in the 300 hurdles and Chris Rice finished fifth in the 3200.
The Tigers next compete at the Demon Invitational, Saturday in Glenwood Springs.
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