SHS harriers have best times ever |

SHS harriers have best times ever

LITTLETON – Individual performances from the Summit High School cross-country team were better than they’ve been all season Tuesday at the Dakota Ridge Invite in Littleton.

There were 240 competitors in the boys junior varsity race, where Jay Berino brought in Summit’s best time of 21 minutes, 45 seconds, beating his previous personal record by almost three minutes. David Shaffer was close behind with his own personal best time of 21:49, and Mark Miller followed in 22:23.

For boys varsity, Summit freshman Jon Walsh took 23rd place with his fastest time ever of 18:00. Charles Willis also ran his fastest time in 18:08, and Patrick Neel clocked in at a personal-best time of 18:52. Other personal records were broken by Chris Marvin with a time of 19:34, freshman Aaron Hogan, who ran in 19:19, and newcomer Jacob Smith, who clocked in at 20:32. Overall, the Summit boys took eighth place.

“There were plenty of uphills followed by just as many flats and downhills, including a hay bale jump that runners had to negotiate once downhill and again going back up the same hill later in the race,” Summit coach Heather Quarantillo said. “It was a surprisingly fast course. Our kids powered up the hills and stretched their strides on the way back down.”

On the girls side, Tara Carosa ran the course faster than she’s ever run, earning a medal with her fourth-place time of 20:55. Kara Springer also put in a personal-best run with a time of 23:42, Katie Bridge broke her own record with a time of 25:24, Sarah Shaffer turned in her best of 25:29 and Emily Ferris rounded out the girls varsity squad with a time of 28:34. Overall the Summit girls took 11th place.

Both the girls and boys teams compete again at 3:30 today at the Open Spaces Park in Northglenn.

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