SHS leaps and stumbles at regional preliminaries |

SHS leaps and stumbles at regional preliminaries

ELIZABETH – Some athletes on the Summit High School track and field team leapt into regional finals with strong performances in the first round and preliminary events Thursday at the Class 4A, Region 6 Championships at Elizabeth.

Jessie Glynn, Betsy Jason and Brittany Adamson all made it to hurdles finals, which take place Saturday.

“We had quite a few personal bests,” said SHS track head coach Sandy Padjen. “They’re challenging themselves to see what they can do when the big time comes and looking at what they can do work-wise to get themselves there.”

Adamson placed first in her heat Thursday, finishing the 100-meter hurdles in less than 19 seconds. She is seeded second going into Saturday’s finals. Jason also made it to finals with a finish time of 19.32. Glynn had a personal best time in the 300 hurdles of 52.8 seconds, finishing second in her heat. Adamson also made finals in the triple jump with a personal best jump of 31 feet, 11 inches. Tara Carosa placed eighth in the 1,500-meter race and the 800 relay team placed fifth.

In field competition, athletes fought high winds and hail that pushed back the start of Thursday’s events. Summit’s top throwers, Lindsey Rappeleye and Mike Holloway, finished outside of state qualification. Rappeleye placed ninth in shotput with a throw of 28-6, and Holloway placed sixth in discus with a throw of 121-6.

“It was hard. We focused on this all year,” said SHS field coach Rob Royer. “We always pray for good conditions, and it’s disappointing to come fight these elements. It’s a hard thing to swallow.”

Regionals wrap up Saturday with boys shotput, girls discus, relays and sprint finals in Elizabeth.

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