Summit girls cross country headed back to state
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Sloppy and snowy conditions weren’t enough to slow down the Summit High cross country team in its regional meet Saturday at the Aspen Golf Course.
Behind the efforts of Cali Greksa and Sam Lunsky, the Tiger girls earned an impressive third-place finish in the meet, qualifying them for a third straight trip to the state competition. The boys’ team finished in ninth place.
“The girls had a great day,” SHS head coach Heather Quarantillo said. ” … It was really exciting. As we were watching, it looked like it would be neck-and-neck for first and second place, but we were pretty sure we had third place locked up. And we did.”
Montrose High school won the region with a team score of 41 points, and Moffat County was just one point behind with a score of 42. The Tigers earned 81 points on the day.
Greksa and Lunsky both earned top-10 finishes on the day, finishing in eighth and ninth place, respectively. The pair of Tigers ran together nearly the entire day, with Greksa, a sophomore, edging out Summit’s lone senior by 3 seconds with a time of 21:54.
Fellow Tigers Julie Bishop and Julia Hayes also ran together in the meet. Bishop wound up finishing the soft course in 23:14, while Hayes was just behind her at 23:15.
Tiger freshman Sydney Stein ran the course in 23:23, while Tess and Paige Olson also ran for Summit.
“All in all, it was a pretty tricky day for weather,” Quarantillo said. “The golf course was really wet from the snow the night before, and it provided some slow conditions.”
The girls’ race was able to take place with very little snow on the ground. The boys weren’t as lucky.
The Tiger boys were led on the day by sophomore Tucker McCrerey. Though McCrerey finished well out of range for earning a trip to state, his time of 19:35 was still impressive for the conditions.
“He had a very strong day, but he just wasn’t up with the contenders,” his coach added.
Sophomore Quinton Bobb was next for the Tigers with a time of 20:39, while freshman Emmett Bailey finished in 20:40.
Freshman Sam Piehl (21:30), junior Duncan Koehn (21:50), sophomore Troy Meeker (22:49) and senior Diego Andraca (23:25) also raced for Summit.
Moffat won the boys’ meet.
Now the Tiger girls will have a week to prepare for Saturday’s State Meet in Fort Collins. The race is slated to start at noon.
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