SHS tennis finishes just shy of state |

SHS tennis finishes just shy of state

DENVER – Summit High School freshman Sutton Anderson was within one win of advancing to the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament Friday and came away with a team-best third place at regionals.

The No. 1 singles player won two matches before losing to Colorado Academy’s No. 1 player on the second day of the tournament at Kent Denver. The highlight for Anderson was the second match of the day – a battle with Evergreen that she won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

“It was just a really good match,” said coach and mother Rae Anderson. “Sutton had lost to her earlier in the season (6-1, 6-1). Her concentration was much better. she should have beaten her the first time.”

Much of the rest of Summit’s squad placed fourth out of the ten teams at the tournament. The top two at each position advanced to state.

The No. 3 doubles team of Emily Baker and Emily Cardamon lost the third-place match against St. Mary’s Academy

7-5, 6-3. They had a satisfying win over Colorado Academy earlier in the day to get a shot at St. Mary’s.

The No. 1 doubles team of Lauren Cole and Shannon Buhler lost a close match to Holy Family to finish fourth. Both sets went to a tiebreaker, and the Tiger duo ended up with a 7-6, 7-6 loss.

Julie Wallace, at No. 2 singles, and Stephanie Swanson, at No. 3, each had a win and a loss on the day for fourth place.

The No. 2 doubles team of Lindsey Holden and Diana Smithwick suffered an early loss to Evergreen, and the No. 4 team of Sara Griffin and Brittany Ellsworth were eliminated on Thursday.

It was the final match for seniors Swanson, Holden, Smithwick and Cole, and Anderson said she was sad to see the season end.

“I would have liked to have gone to state and have one more week,” she said. “It would have been really fun.”

Track and Field peaking in the postseason

LAKEWOOD – The Summit High School track and field team only has one more hurdle ahead of it, but it’s a big one.

The SHS boys and girls teams wrapped up league competition Thursday at the Jeffco League Meet in Lakewood, and, although the teams finished at the bottom of the pack – the boys in 10th with 11 points and the girls in ninth with 20 points –  a few athletes have their sights set on state.

“Our big goal is regionals next weekend,” said SHS field coach Rob Royer. “They’re a little far away to prequalify for state, but they can all do it. We peaked at regionals last year, and we’re hoping to do the same this year.”

Some athletes are well on their way. Mike Holloway placed fourth of about 30 competitors in discus Thursday with a throw of 125 feet, 3 inches. Mike Allard took seventh in shotput with a throw of

42-10, and Lindsey Rappeleye placed eighth with a throw of 28-5. All were personal records.

“Our main goal is to go to state,” Royer said. “We’ve had a lot of PRs this year, and I’m hoping to get some more.”

Track standouts from Thursday’s meet include Brittany Adamson, who completed the 100-meter hurdles in 18.02 seconds to take third place. Tara Carosa took sixth in the mile and Jessie Glynn took sixth in the 300 hurdles.

All of Summit’s relay teams finished in seventh or eighth place, and SHS track coach Sandy Padjen said all of her distance runners, like their field counterparts, had their top performances Thursday.

“All the distance kids got their personal bests, and some of the sprinters,” Padjen said. “A lot of the kids on the team are peaking. Now is the time to do it. Our hopes are for all the kids to hit peaks by the end of the season.”

The Tigers compete in regionals May 8-10 at Elizabeth High School.

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