Perkins, Holland lead SHS X-C
The Summit High School cross country team just continues to churn out top finishes at their meets.Racing at the Luther Lightrunner Invitational Tuesday afternoon, the Tiger girls placed an impressive fifth out of the 21 teams in attendance; the boys took 10th out of 24 teams.The fields in both the boys and girls races were enormous, as all runners – varsity and JV – started at the same time. An out-of-the-ordinary Addenbrooke Park course, complete with five water crossings and floating alligators, added to the intrigue.Freshman Briana Perkins was the top SHS female finisher once again; her time of 22 minutes, 37 seconds put her in ninth place out of the 170-plus runners competing. Said Summit coach Heather Quarantillo of Perkins’ race: “She had determination written all over her face.”Junior Brittany Perkins, Briana’s older sister, took 18th in 23:22; Jordan Cooper, also a junior, returned to the team after a week absence to finish 35th; and freshmen Mackenzie Jones (37th) and Jenya Berino (40th) rounded out the Tigers’ scorers.As a whole, Quarantillo said, “The girls finished wet, muddy and smiling big. This was a tremendous race for our team.”Junior Ben Holland led the boys squad with one of his strongest runs of the season. He took 14th in the 200-plus-runner field, waiting until the perfect time to make his move, according to Quarantillo. “He just waited for the rabbits of the race to slow down,” said the third-year coach.Freshman Tyler Reinking (26th), senior captain Chris Marvin (77th), senior Marc Miller (81st) and senior Kevin Davis (119th) chipped in to Summit’s scoring efforts as well.The Tigers host their only meet of the year Saturday morning at the Frisco Nordic Center. The 9,100-Ft. Invitational starts at 10 a.m.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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