Meirow, Pappas take 11th in Lakewood CC meet
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The Summit High cross country team took 13th out of 34 teams for the boys and 10th out of 26 teams for the girls at Addenbrooke Park in Lakewood Tuesday.
Head coach Heather Quarantillo said they’re pleased with the result at another big Front Range meet. There were 450 boys and 325 girls with varsity and JV running simultaneously.
“We had a really strong race,” Quarantillo said. “It was a really, really large race. It was a really huge field and a hot day, about 80 degrees, which is a change from what we typically run in up here.”
The course is always interesting with several creek crossings, which make it exciting but also slows down the runners, so there weren’t any record-breaking, scorching times, as there were the week before.
“They cross through some canals and do some pretty good scaling to get out of the water, so they love it and are always looking forward to this race,” Quarantillo said. “It’s a complete change of pace from our typical cross-country race. We consider this one more of a fun event to go to.”
Sophomore Liam Meirow, who is on pace to be one of Summit High’s fastest runners ever, took an impressive 11th place with a time of 18 minutes, 20 seconds.
“(Meirow) finished in a nice, solid place in the race. Eleventh out of 450 is awesome,” Quarantillo said. “The guys in front of him – I think they were from 5A schools, so much bigger schools, which adds a lot more depth to the field.”
Kathryn Pappas also finished 11th place in the girls’ race, which was roughly 20 spots better than her result last year.
“(Pappas) really had a strong race yesterday. She was a lot stronger than she was last year on the same course,” Quarantillo said. “She’s definitely improving from where she was last year. She’s much more fit; she’s much faster, so we’re super excited for her, as she keeps moving up.”
The cross country team will be back in action Tuesday at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton. The season will come to a head on Oct. 22 at the regional championship, where the runners have a chance to qualify for the state championship individually or as a team.
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