Cross country teams impress |

Cross country teams impress

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The Summit High School boys and girls cross country teams started their seasons last night at the Fossil Ridge Invite.

The girls team placed 5th out of 29 teams with sophomore Cali Greksa placing 20th overall in 20:50. Other Tiger runners scoring for the team were sophomore Julie Bishop placing 36th in 21:37, freshman Alisha Scheifley was 38th in 21:38, sophomore Tess Olson took 50th in 22:02 and junior Samantha Lunsky was 68th in 22:33. The winner for the girls team was Cheyenne Mountain High School with 99 points, Summit had 212 points as a team.

“We came in front of all our league schools and schools in our region to qualify for state,” head coach Heather Quarantillo said. “It’s a solid place for the girls team to start, especially in such a large race.”

The boys team scores were not available by deadline, but the team was paced individually by senior Zach Armstrong, who took 29th in 17:53. Other runners scoring were junior Will Radigan taking 36th in 18:04, senior Chris Rice placing 40th in 18:06, freshman Clint Sawyer was 151st in 20:56 and freshman Quinton Bobb took 171st in 21:36.

“Our top three guys were together for most of the race, and that’s the first time we’ve had three guys together so close to the lead runners,” Quarantillo said.

This race also was the same course that the state meet will be run on. This gave the teams an early chance to gauge how they might do at the state meet.

“The foot was a little tricky, because of the coarse grass and it’s really dusty and no hills, all flat,” Quarantillo said. “We will work on increasing our runners’ speed a lot, really key in on speed work in the second half of the season (to prepare for a flat course).”

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