Mud makes course tough, as boys take 11th, girls 3rd |

Mud makes course tough, as boys take 11th, girls 3rd

Jonathan Batuello
Summit Daily News
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COLORADO SPRINGS – Mud isn’t considered the best terrain for a cross country meet, not to mention running in mud up a hill. Those were the circumstances the Summit High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams faced, though, in the Cadet Invitational at Air Academy High School.

In these conditions the boys took 11th out of 22 teams, and the girls took third out of 17 teams including first among 4A schools.

“We had some really slippery conditions, especially a hill about half-way up the course,” head coach Heather Quarantillo said. “It was just a sheet of mud and then other various mud puddles and patches to go through. Definitely challenging conditions.”

The boys were once again led by a strong top three, with Chris Rice placing 20th (18:20), Will Radigan in 25th (18:34) and Zach Armstrong in 34th (18:44). The team’s other two scores were from Tucker Mccrerey in 88th (20:31) and Clint Sawyer in 99th (21:10). The gap between the team’s top three runners and the rest

of the squad is something the Tigers have been working on all season.

“It’s not closing quite yet,” Quarantillo said. “We are still working on it everyday, but our next race is a much smaller race so we should see our runners closer together.”

The girls had another strong performance falling only to 5A schools Doherty and Air Academy. The team was led by Cali Greksa in 7th (20:54), Julie Bishop in 21st (21:47), Alisha Scheifley in 23rd (21:57), Tess Olson in 24th (22:08) and Julia Hayes in 32nd (22:49). The team stayed close together the entire race and took home top honors for 4A schools.

“We are super excited about the girls’ performance today to be the top 4A school at such a large meet,” Quarantillo said. “With the challenging footing and conditions they had today, really exciting. Everyone performed very well.”

The challenges the course presented was something Quarantillo went over with the team before hand. The team walked through the course, and Quarantillo gave advice on what would help in certain areas.

“We told them to stay to the left of the inside at the most slippery section (of the hill), and if they had to use their hands to climb up then that would be okay with us,” Quarantillo said. “I don’t think anyone had to, but it was definitely deteriorated by the end of the day.”

The teams will be in action again Sept. 20 in the Husky Invite at Battle Mountain High School.

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