Freshmen lead SHS girls x-c to third at Panther Invitational |

Freshmen lead SHS girls x-c to third at Panther Invitational

The Summit High girls cross country team takes off en masse at the start of the meet Saturday at CMC in Leadville.

With freshmen leading the girls and upperclassmen carrying the boys, the Summit High School cross country team fared well on a rugged Snow Mountain Ranch course at the Panther Invitational on Saturday.The meet, hosted by Middle Park, specifically showcased Summit’s depth in the female ranks: Despite missing two of her regular varsity runners, coach Heather Quarantillo’s girls finished third out of nine teams, and four of the five scorers were freshmen. “It just shows that we have some depth this year,” said Quarantillo.Juniors Martha Winston and Jordan Cooper did not compete on Saturday, but if they had, Quarantillo said, “We probably would’ve won.”

Briana Perkins was the top Tiger, finishing second out of 63 runners in 21 minutes, 20 seconds. The only girl to beat her was Aspen’s Christy Severy, the defending 3A state champion.”She ran right with (Severy) for the first mile or so,” Quarantillo said of her prized freshman. “It was a good chance for her to get out in the front of the pack and pace with the state champ.”Summit’s elder Perkins sister, Brittany, took third in the race with a time of 22:25. Then the freshman contingent continued; the Tigers’ final three scorers – Mackenzie Jones (23rd place, 25:17), Jenya Berino (24th, 25:31) and Morgan Major (39th, 26:40) – all are in their first year of high school.Mallory Clark (26:41), another freshman, and senior captain Kara Springer (27:23) made up the remainder of the Tigers’ varsity runners on Saturday.

In the boys race, the Tigers finished eighth of 11 teams. Junior Ben Holland led the charge once again, taking 14th place in 19:22 – “definitely a good time for that kind of course,” said Quarantillo.Freshman Tyler Reinking was solid as well, finishing 19th in 20:04.In contrast to the youth that brought up the latter half of Summit’s female side, it was seniors Marc Miller, Chris Marvin and Kevin Davis who rounded out the scoring for the boys.Miller finished in 22:19, four seconds ahead of intrasquad rival Marvin, and Davis crossed the line in 22:53. The time was Davis’ best of the season by more than a minute.

Marshall Snead (24:05) and David Shaffer (25:58) also represented the Tigers.Summit next competes at the Buena Vista Invitational on Tuesday.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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