SHS Track and Field taking longer leaps
Members of the Summit High School track and field team are adding more than inches to their long jumps and more than seconds to their race times.
The Summit team1s major result improvements meant several first-place finishes in its meet against Lutheran and Platte Canyon at Platte Canyon Tuesday.
3The kids did great,² said Summit head coach George Keyes. 3They were very relaxed and came through with some drastically improved results. Preston Johnson took nearly six feet off his best triple jump and Erin Shackleton took almost a minute off her two mile time.²
Johnson, a sophomore, was all-around top athlete Tuesday. He took first for his improved triple jump of 44 feet, 2 inches, won the 300-yard hurdles with a time of 44.2 seconds and finished second in the 100 with a time of 11.87. He was also on the winning 400-relay team with Aaron Bork, Sam McCleneghan and Ray Zakahi.
Zakahi won the long jump with his leap of 18-4 and took third in the 200 in 25.2 seconds. Bork took third in the 100, three-hundredths of a second behind Johnson, and was on the second-place 800 relay team with Steven Chavez and Tom Trimble. Trimble also took second in the 110 hurdles, finishing in 19.1 seconds. Harrison Blum was close behind, taking third in 19.2, and grabbing another third place in the high jump with a jump of 5-2. Ben Child took second in the mile race with a time of 5 minutes, 18.2 seconds and third in the 800 in 2.23.
Freshman Michael Holloway placed third in the discus with a throw of 108-5.
For the Summit girls, Shackleton1s improved two-mile time of 14 minutes, 42 seconds earned her second place in the event. Tara Carosa took first in the mile race with a time of 6:37 and also in the 800, finishing in 2:59. Lani Pusey was first in the 400 in 66.5 seconds and second in the 200 in 29.5. She was also on the second-place 800 medley team with Sandra DiBrito, Betsy Jason and Jessie Glynn. Jason took third in the 100, and also ran the 400 relay with Dibrito and Erin Young to place second. Young took third in the high jump and Kari Greenly took third in the discus.
3They1ve now figured out the weekday meets are like practices,² Keyes said. 3The weekend meets are worth a little more, and the competition is higher. They1re getting their running form, though.²
The SHS Track and Field team competes Saturday morning against 13 other high schools in the Colorado Roundup at Jeffco Stadium.
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