SHS cross country opens with a bang
BAILEY – Led by junior Ben Holland and freshman Briana Perkins, the Summit High School cross country team got off to what coach Heather Quarantillo called a “great start” at the Husky Invitational in Bailey on Thursday.Competing in her first-ever high school competition, Perkins displayed the cool of a veteran, pacing herself for the entire race to finish second in 21 minutes, 41 seconds. Her remarkable runner-up finish led a Tigers charge that put them in second place as a team, only two points back of victorious host Platte Canyon.Perkins’ older sister Brittany, a junior, took sixth in 23:13, and junior transfer Martha Winston crossed the line two seconds behind Brittany to give SHS three of the top seven runners.Junior Jordan Cooper took 14th in 25:07, and freshman Jenya Berino – another product of the strong Summit Middle School cross country program – rounded out Summit’s female scorers in 17th place. She finished the race in 26:03.Freshman Quinn Cooper finished 19th overall, making her the top JV finisher on the day despite the fact that she beat a number of varsity runners.In the boys race, Holland finished second after leading most of the race to help the Tigers to a fourth-place debut. He completed the 5K course in 19:39, an impressive start for the potential-rich runner.”It was his first time taking the lead in a race, and very exciting to watch him dive into unfamiliar territory,” said Quarantillo.Freshman Tyler Reinking opened his first season as a Tiger in 11th place, finishing in 21:07. Senior Marc Miller was the third Summit runner across the line; he blew by a number of foes on the race’s second loop and, said Quarantillo, “sprinted to the finish faster than I’ve ever seen him go.” Miller took 23rd in 22:34.Senior captain Chris Marvin (28th, 23:01) and sophomore Marshall Snead (33rd, 23:35) rounded out Summit’s scorers.Summit returns to the trail Wednesday at Bear Creek Park for the Harrier Invitational.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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