Summit High: Cross country squad solid in Leadville
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The Summit High cross country team faced a difficult course Saturday in Leadville, with loose, rocky terrain and punishing climbs. But head coach Heather Quarantillo said it was the course that made her team feel right at home.
“It was pretty much like what we run on here,” she said. “The kids didn’t have trouble with that, and I think it was actually an advantage.”
It certainly translated into good results.
The girls squad earned a third-place finish the boys finished sixth in the Lake County Invite.
“It was a good day,” Quarantillo said.
On the girls’ side, the Tigers lost only to two powerhouse 5A schools (Summit is 4A) and had six girls finish in the top-25.
Junior Julie Bishop led the way for Summit, finishing the course in 23:18 to finish in ninth. Next for the Tigers was Alisha Scheifley, who finished 12th at 23:25.
An “exciting” finish for Summit, as Quarantillo put it, was freshman Sydney Stein coming in 13th place in her first-ever high school meet.
Rounding out the Summit team were Tess Olson (20th place), Julia Hayes (22nd), Cali Greksa (25th) and Julia Scanlen (41st).
Beyond finishing more than 20 points ahead of any 4A team in the meet, Quarantillo was most excited about her girls’ teamwork.
“Having that many girls finish well and finish that close together is great for us,” she said.
On the boys’ side, sophomore Tucker McCrerey led the way, finishing in 13th place.
After McCrerey, the Tigers had a slew of runners finish near each other on the leaderboard. Quinton Bobb finished in 36th, while Duncan Koehn was 37th, and Emmit Bailey was 38th.
Also competing was Sam Piehl (40th), Troy Meeker (46th) and Inigo Portilla (49th).
Even though the boys’ squad didn’t finish close to the leaders in the meet, Quarantillo was pleased that her team came within eight points of Eagle Valley High School, the Tigers’ rival last season for qualifying for state.
“We were really, really excited about how our four boys finished so close together in the race,” Quarantillo said. “They know that it’s really important to be there together. They can do some great things if they can stay together.”
The Tigers now look ahead to the Kadet Invite at Air Academy in Colorado Springs on Thursday. The meet begins at 4 p.m.
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