SHS girls win cross country opener |

SHS girls win cross country opener

LAKEWOOD ” It didn’t take long for the Summit High School girls cross country team to do something others hadn’t.

The Tigers won their opening meet on Wednesday ” the first No. 1 finish trophy for Summit in head coach Heather Quarantillo’s four-year tenure ” at Lakewood’s Bear Creek Lake Park. Despite a race format that is unlike any they will see the rest of the year, Summit’s girls dominated the rest of the 4A field, winning by 36 points over runner-up Peak to Peak. The Tigers finished with 99 points, followed by Peak to Peak (135), always-strong Jeffco League rival Conifer (151) and Denver Academy (233).

Quarantillo, who expects her team to finish in the top five at the state meet later this fall (they took eighth last year, the best finish in school history), called Wednesday’s win “a nice surprise.”

Running in packs separated by ability, sophomore Briana Perkins led the deep Tigers squad with a time of 21 minutes, 21 seconds on the relatively slow sand and gravel course, good enough for third place in the top pack of runners.

Her sister, senior co-captain Brittany Perkins, completed the two 2.5K loops in 23:17 thanks to a speedy finish kick. She was followed by senior co-captain Jordan Cooper (24:14), sophomore Jenya Berino (24:22), promising freshman Hannah Hausman (25:05), sophomore Morgan Major (25:25) and freshman Lara Silven, a surprise top-seven Tiger who finished in 26:58.

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“The girls ran exceptionally well, especially considering all of our varsity runners ran alone in a pack without the aid of teammates to pace with,” Quarantillo said.

In the boys race, Summit suffered a bit from not having as many runners as other teams, but the Tigers still beat Peak to Peak on their way to third place out of four 4A schools. SHS finished with 203 points; Conifer won with 127.

Senior captain Ben Holland led SHS with a time of 19:38, followed by sophomore Tyler Reinking (20:39), senior Luke Smith (22:50), sophomore Taylor Miller (23:30), freshman John Willis (23:33), junior Marshall Snead (24:17) and freshman Chris Rice (24:30).

Overall, Quarantillo said, “It was a good learning race for the boys.”

Summit will be closer to home on Saturday, as the team travels to Leadville for the Lake County Invite.

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