Summit breezes through blustery competition
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The Summit High track and field team continued its trend of impressive performances in poor weather on Tuesday, when the Tigers nabbed 15 individual top-10 finishes in a 4A Jeffco League meet.
With gusting winds making conditions difficult at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood, the Tigers breezed by their competition.
Both the boys’ and girls’ squads finished seventh in the team standings, but showed a steady drop in time in a number of events.
“The team seems to improve every meet – both individually and in relays,” SHS head coach Kristy McClain said. “Despite the adverse weather that we have encountered the last couple of meets, the athletes have been striving to perform to the best of their abilities.”
And that’s exactly what a lot of the Tigers did on Tuesday.
Junior Taylor Greene had the top individual effort on the day for the Tigers, as she finished second in the 200-meter run and fifth in the discuss.
On the boys’ side, sophomore Ridge Strickler nearly set a school record in the 100-meter dash. His time of 11.98 was good for fourth in the competition and just 0.01 seconds off the record mark. Strickler also finished fifth in the 200-meters.
“Ridge Strickler had a personal best and almost broke the record … even though the winds were ridiculously strong,” McClain said.
Summit had a lot of other high finishers as well.
Junior Julia Hayes finished third in the 800-meter run (2:50.61), while freshman Sydney Stein was ninth (2:53.55). Hayes was also sixth in the 1,600-meters (6:23.62).
Junior Hannah Price was fifth in the high jump, clearing a height of 4 feet, 2 inches.
The top Tiger girls’ relay squad was the 4×400 team of Stein, Hayes, sophomore Sophie Ferguson and freshman Olya Aden. The team finished fourth in the race.
For the boys, senior Ivan Flores had a solid meet, finishing seventh in the 100-meters at 12.36 seconds and helping the boys’ 4×200 relay team to a second-place finish. Sophomores Curtis Dankof, London Wade and Strickler were also on that squad.
Freshman Shane Arnold was ninth in the 400-meters (1:02.66) and was part of the boys’ 4×800 team – along with senior Taylor Colvin, junior Lee Gordon and sophomore Clint Sawyer – which finished in fourth.
Sawyer was 10th in the 3,200-meter run, as well.
The 4×400 boys’ team (seniors Diego Andraca and Nick Adolph and sophomores Alex Sleep and Sawyer) also had a strong showing, finishing third in the meet.
In the field events on the boys’ side, junior Justin Osborn led the way for Summit, finishing seventh in both the shot put (35 feet, 1 inch) and the discuss (84-8).
Dankof was eighth in the triple jump.
The Tigers now have a lengthy break before returning to action after spring break on April 21 at the Jeffco League Relay Meet.
McClain hopes the Tigers will get some better luck with the weather after a slushy start to the season.
“I can’t wait to see how we perform when we have ideal conditions,” she said. “I have a feeling that we will see some amazing performances at the end of the season.”
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at email@example.com.
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