SHS girls place six in top 10, win Husky Invite
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BAILEY ” Another meet, another fast finish by the Summit High School girls cross country team.
Led by sophomore Briana Perkins’ runner-up result, the Tigers snagged six of the top 10 and eight of the top 12 spots at Tuesday’s Husky Invite, winning the meet and exacting a measure of revenge against host Platte Canyon, which won last year’s Husky Invite ahead of second-place Summit. The Huskies took second on Tuesday.
Coming off her win in Leadville on Saturday, Perkins finished the two-loop 5K course in 21 minutes and 22 seconds. Her sister Brittany, a senior, took fourth (23:12) in the 43-runner field, while senior Jordan Cooper (fifth, 23:19) and sophomore Jenya Berino (sixth, 23:25) also scored for Summit. (Usually five runners score at a high school meet, but because Tuesday’s competition was smaller than normal, only four scored.)
The string of green-clad finishers didn’t end with the scorers. The tightly grouped pack of sophomores Mallory Clark (ninth, 24:31), Mackenzie Jones (10th, 24:36) and Morgan Major (11th, 24:37) followed the leaders with solid races of their own, and newcomers Quinn Cooper and Lara Silven took 12th and 14th, respectively.
SHS coach Heather Quarantillo highlighted her second finisher’s result, saying, “Brittany is trying a new tactic of picking it up at the two-mile mark so she can use her endurance instead of relying on a sprint at the end. It really paid off for her today.”
Quarantillo also said she’s happy with the team’s demonstrated depth this year.
Senior Ben Holland, as usual, led Summit’s charge in a wild boys race, which was delayed by lightning then endured a midrace hail and rain storm. Holland took sixth in 19:46 after passing another runner in the final mile.
Sophomore Tyler Reinking finished ninth (20:01) among the 46 other runners, followed by fellow SHS scorers Luke Smith (20th, 21:18) and Chris Rice (23rd, 21:35).
“I was really pleased with how Ben and Tyler went out with the front pack of the race,” Quarantillo said.
John Willis (24th, 21:46), Marshall Snead (26th, 22:00) and Taylor Miller (27th, 22:01) stayed together and ran a solid, smart race for Summit despite not scoring.
The Tiger boys finished fourth in the team standings with 22 points. Platte Canyon won with 12.
Summit’s next competition will be the Georgetown Classic on Tuesday, followed by the Snow Mountain Invitational on Saturday.
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