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Girls’ cross country wins first meet of year

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LEADVILLE ” Competing against 4A and 5A schools didn’t phase the Summit High School girls’ cross country team on Saturday as it took first place in the Leadville Lake County Invitational. The boys’ team also competed well as it placed fifth.

On the girls’ side, it was a close race the whole way against Green Mountain High School. Cali Greksa led the Tigers as the race’s overall winner in 22:10. The rest of the team wasn’t too far behind, as Alisha Scheifley took fourth in 22:32, Tess Olson took sixth in 22:38, Julie Bishop placed seventh in 22:39 and Lara Silven was 15th in 23:44. Even with the strong finishes, the team wasn’t sure it had won immediately following the race.

“It was right down to the wire,” head coach Heather Quarantillo said. “We weren’t sure if we were ahead of them or not at the end of the race … when it’s that close it’s so exciting to find out you came out ahead.”

The race marks the first win of the season for the girls. Summit finished with 33 points ahead of Green Mountain’s 41.

“Really was a strong showing, especially to finish only eight points ahead of a 5A school, a really strong 5A school,” Quarantillo said.

On the boy’s side, the team found great success at the top of the line-up as it finished fifth out of eight scoring teams.

The top-three all finished in the top-15 with. Zach Armstrong led the way in sixth place with a time of 19:09. He was followed by ninth-place Chris Rice (19:20), Will Radigan (19:38) in 14th, Tucker Mccrerey (21:31) in 45th and John Willis (21:46) in 47th.

“Our top-three runners were really pleased with their positions in the race,” Quarantillo said. ” … We need to work on bringing our fourth and fifth runners a little closer to them to lower our score down, but I was really pleased all the kids ran really hard today.”

Bringing the final two runners along might be a matter of time, because Willis is returning from an injury and Mccrerey is a freshman learning the sport,

Quarantillo said.

“We are going to just work on trying to … get everyone together in workouts,” Quarantillo said. “They are gradually going to progress to do the same thing in races.”

Both teams will be in action again on Friday in the Cadet Invitational at Air Academy High School.

Jonathan Batuello can be reached at (970) 668-4653 or

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