Cross country slips and slides in meet |

Cross country slips and slides in meet

COLORADO SPRINGS – Through a steady downpour Thursday in Colorado Springs, Summit High School cross country ran, slid and sprinted its way through the 5K course.

Tigers senior Tara Carosa led the way for the girls team, setting a personal best time of 21 minutes, 43 seconds and landing in 48th place individually in the 27 team Harrison Invitational.

Sophomore Brittany Perkins, in her first race of her career, finished just behind Carosa in 23:31.

“It’s nice to see someone with as little as experience as her run so strong,” Tigers head coach Heather Quarantillo said. “Everyone was pretty close together.”

Junior Kara Springer (23:31), freshman Whitney Henceroth (24:27) and junior Amy Secor (25:28) all battled the tough conditions.

The girls finished 18th in the 3A/4A race.

The rain did influence the results of the boys race. A mass finish blocked the chute, so times weren’t accurate or available.

Newcomers Bentley Bedker, a senior, and senior Pete Richmond placed first and third among the Tigers squad.

“They both want to do Nordic in college and they know there’s lots of running involved in that,” Quarantillo said.

“They want to have a chance at scholarships.”

Sophomore Ben Holland ran No. 2 for Summit. Senior Jacob Smith, sophomore Jarvis Johnson, junior Chris Marvin and junior David Schaffer also competed for the Tigers.

Next up for Summit cross country is a criterium-style competition at Deer Creek Lake Park on Wednesday.

The runners will race against 15 other people in a pack and complete five, 1,000 meter laps.

The team with the best showing in all the groups will win the meet.

Ryan Slabaugh can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext .257, or at

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