Cross-country runners have top meet of the season for homecoming weekend |

Cross-country runners have top meet of the season for homecoming weekend

FRISCO – Adverse weather conditions didn’t stop the Summit High School cross-country team from having its best meet of the season Friday at the Frisco Peninsula.

Shivering, dripping water and preoccupied with thoughts of homecoming weekend, runners on the Summit High team weren’t weighed down too much by the rain, hail and chilly temperatures that arrived Friday for their only home meet all season.

“Our kids performed really well despite the weather,” Summit coach Heather Quarantillo said. “They were really confident about the course – we ran it earlier this week and trained here the first three weeks of the season. They definitely feel comfortable running here. We had great performances and the boys team had the highest finish all season.”

The boys team took second place out of eight teams, which included Battle Mountain, Buena Vista and Salida high schools, as well as a couple from the Front Range. Jon Walsh had the top finish time for Summit runners, finishing the muddy 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes and 55.6 seconds for ninth place out of 43 runners. Charles Willis finished in 20:36.5 and took 11th place and Patrick Neel finished right behind him in 20:46.1.

“We could beat people on all the uphills,” Summit sophomore Chris Marvin said. “We’ve had a lot of uphill training.”

The heat generated by running uphill didn’t last long. After crossing the finish line in tank tops and shorts, it took no time flat for runners to soak up the cold.

“It was tough,” said Summit’s Kara Springer. “It was cold, it was windy, it was rainy, and you could not feel your legs.”

The Summit girls team took fifth place overall, but felt they had an advantage running on home turf.

“My knees have been hurting,” Emily Ferris said. “The cold made it worse, but it was a fun course to run. You knew where the corners were.”

Elevation was also an element on the side of SHS runners.

“They (Front Range teams) can’t breathe here,” said Summit junior Katie Bridge. “We could hear them breathing on the course. They sounded like (they were hyperventilating).”

Tara Carosa had the top run for Summit girls, coming in fourth with a time of 23:21.6.

Both the Summit boys and girls cross-country teams compete again in the Jeffco League Meet Thursday in Littleton.

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