Meirow cracks 17-minute barrier
The Summit High cross country team competed at the Botanic Gardens in Denver Tuesday.
Final results for the Chatfield Challenge, the team’s biggest race of the season in terms of participation, weren’t released until Friday, but they officially brought great news for Liam Meirow, who became the first Summit runner to crack the 17-mintue barrier in coach Heather Quarantillo’s 10 years of leading the team – no word on weather he’s the first Tiger to ever do it.
Meirow finished with a time of 16 minutes, 58 seconds, which was good enough for eighth place overall. The meet consisted of 47 teams with seven runners per team, so with more than 300 male runners at the competition, the top-10 finish is very solid. Meirow already has a win under his belt on the season.
The Summit boys took 20th as a team.
“We’re so happy with the result,” Quarantillo said. “A lot of the schools were bigger 4A and 5A and we don’t usually see most of these schools. We’re thrilled about the solid performance in a large race.”
Emmett Bailey, 120th place, and Robert Koegel, 143rd, rounded out the top three for Summit High.
Other male finishers: Quinton Bobb, 148th; Troy Meeker, 150th; Cameron Bobb, 190th; Sam Piehl 204th.
On the girls’ side, Kathryn Pappas led the way with a time of 20:59. The team finished 19th.
“It’s so exciting to be in the top half,” said Quarantillo. “Our fifth runner scored us a point in the her first varsity race, so things are looking up for the girls. We’re very happy about it.”
Alisha Scheifley, 82nd, and Sydney Stein, 102nd, rounded out the top three for Summit High.
Other female finishers: Riley Vargo, 124th; Madi Neumaier, 196th; Claire VanDeyacht, 222nd; Hannah Heart, 224th.
The team heads to Addenbrooke Park in Lakewood next Tuesday, which should be a fun one with a lot of splashing through the creek crossings for a more traditional cross country race.
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