SHS girls take 2nd, boys 7th at Snow Mountain
GRANBY – The back-and-forth battle between the Platte Canyon and Summit High School girls cross country teams is not over.Two weeks after Summit edged the Huskies at their own invitational – which reversed the result from the year before, when Platte won and SHS finished second – Platte struck back on Saturday, barely defeating the Tigers to win the Snow Mountain Invitational.Summit’s second-place finish still was better than seven other teams, and perhaps in years past would’ve been less of an upset. But these are high times for the Tigers, and so winning is no longer a rarity.Sophomore Briana Perkins overcame an illness earlier in the week to finish fourth in the field of 63. She crossed the line in 23 minutes, 4 seconds.Her sister Brittany closed the gap between the two, finishing sixth in 23:35. Then came sophomore Mackenzie Jones, who picked up the slack for injured co-captain Jordan Cooper and finished 12th (24:51).According to coach Heather Quarantillo, Jones has done well to fill the third SHS finisher slot that Cooper vacated when she sprained her ankle. “She’s been working very hard in practice,” Quarantillo said of Jones. “I think she’s just going to keep moving up.”Summit’s final four girls stuck together to sweep spots 16-19 on a perfect Saturday for running. Mallory Clark (25:30) led the tight pack of freshmen and sophomores in 16th, followed by Lara Silven (25:30), Jenya Berino (25:32) and Hannah Hausman (25:33).The quartet passed an Aspen trio late in the race to secure their top-20 spots.”That was really exciting,” Quarantillo said. “I’ve never seen four of my runners come into the finish together before. It was definitely the highlight of the day.”Senior captain Ben Holland took 13th in the 63-runner boys field, crossing in 20:38 to lead SHS to seventh among the 10 teams. Sophomore Tyler Reinking finished 31st (21:25), and was joined in the top 40 by senior Luke Smith (38th, 22:15) and freshman John Willis (39th, 22:16).Chris Rice (48th, 23:16), Marshall Snead (50th, 23:39) and Taylor Miller (53rd, 24:13) also competed for Summit.”We were hoping our team would’ve been a little closer together time-wise,” Quarantillo said of the boys. “But we’re still pleased with their individual results.”Only four runners scored for each team at Saturday’s meet, instead of the usual five. This proved costly on the girls side for the Tigers, who would’ve won the meet if five had scored.Summit next competes Tuesday at Addenbrooke Park, then hosts its only home meet of the year on Saturday.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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