Most of SHS cross-country athletes end season at Thursday’s regionals |

Most of SHS cross-country athletes end season at Thursday’s regionals

LITTLETON – Most of the Summit High School cross-country runners wrapped up their season at the regional meet at Clement Park in Littleton Thursday.

Although the foot races are over, the team, which is young and went into the season with little experience, now has what cross-country coach Heather Quarantillo thinks of as “the running bug.”

“I’m very encouraged by this season,” she said. “I think it’s a great building block for us. We’re only graduating one senior, and I know for sure all the girls are coming back next year. Plus, we’ll have more kids out for the sport after the great results this year. I just wanted to build a team that was excited about running and wanted to push themselves hard and enjoy themselves while they’re doing it. They’re all inspired to run faster, considering a lot of them only missed state by a couple spots this year.”

Summit junior Tara Carosa had top results for SHS Thursday, leading the girls team to seventh place in the meet, and taking 11th out of about 95 runners to earn her spot in the state meet Oct. 26 at Kent Denver.

“She started off at about 15th place, and picked off four girls,” Quarantillo said of Carosa’s race Thursday. “It was really super for her. She really set her mind to it.”

On the boys side, senior Charles Willis was the front-runner for Summit for almost the entire race, until freshman Jon Walsh blew past him, literally in the last second. Willis finished the last race of his high shool career with a time of 20 minutes, 16 seconds, while Walsh’s time was 20:15.

The boys took eighth place overall. Aaron Hogan followed Walsh and Willis across the finish line with a time of 20:30, and teammates Ben Holland, Chris Marvin and David Shaffer weren’t far behind. Mark Miller ran the open race in a time of 22:42.

Kara Springer was the next Summit girl to cross the finish line Thursday after Carosa. She was followed by teammates Jordan Cooper, Jennifer O’Neil, Katie Bridge, Emily Ferris and Sarah Shaffer.

“Our progress throughout the season was really steady,” Quarantillo said. “Everyone improved just about every meet.”

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