DeJulio earns state berth in dramatic fashion |

DeJulio earns state berth in dramatic fashion

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DENVER ” Nadi DeJulio became the first member of this year’s Summit High School track and field team to qualify for the upcoming 4A state meet Wednesday at Jeffco Stadium, and she did so in dramatic fashion.

Needing to finish on the high jump podium at the regional competition in order to qualify for state, DeJulio outlasted D’Evelyn’s Alyssa Benjamin through four jump-offs to claim third place.

After DeJulio and Benjamin both cleared the 4-foot, 8 inch-mark to force a tie, the bar was moved down one inch. Tired after multiple jumps, both competitors missed at 4’7″. When they both cleared 4’6″, it was time to raise the bar once again.

In the end, it was DeJulio’s 4’7″ jump that proved to be the winning mark. The senior’s personal best is 4’10”.

“She’s on cloud nine,” Summit assistant coach Kevin Mastin said by phone. “Her goal going into today was just to place.”

Sophomore Chris Rice, who shattered his own 6-day-old SHS record in the 3,200-meter run by 12 seconds, was another Tiger standout on Wednesday.

“He demolished it,” Mastin said after Rice finished with a time of 10:43 to take sixth place. “It tells me that he’s going to peel of a lot more time next year.”

Missing state qualification by even a smaller margin than Rice was Katie Sodergren, who finished fourth in the triple jump, which she competed in at last year’s state meet.

Other results from Wednesday’s meet included Sharayah Dossett’s ninth-place finish in the shot put and Stephen Ike’s finals qualification in the 300 hurdles.

Ike, who claimed the ninth and final qualifying spot, will return to Jeffco Stadium for Saturday’s event finals. Several other Tigers will also be in action as they attempt to capitalize on their final chance to qualify for the state meet.

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