Summit High runs at Rifle track meet; boys lacrosse, girls soccer open with wins
The Summit High School boys and girls track and field teams kicked off their spring seasons this past weekend with several top-10 individual showings at the Rifle Invitational at Rifle High School.
The top finishes on Friday came from a trio of female Tigers who each secured season-opening fifth-place showings in their prime disciplines. Tigers junior sprinter and hurdler Hunter Stimson ran to a fifth-place finish in the 31-athlete, 300-meter hurdle competition, crossing the finish line in 52.58 seconds. She was more than three seconds off of the pace of event winner Chloe Veilleux of Soroco (49.09).
Stimson’s fifth-place showing earned the Tigers four points for the overall girls competition. Stimson also provided two points for the team thanks to her seventh-place finish in the 37-athlete, 100-meter hurdles (18.79).
Tiger junior PK Vincze also took a top-five finish on Friday, achieving a jump height of 14 feet and 10.25 inches in the 54-athlete long-jump competition. Vincze’s jump earned the team four more points for the team competition. Vincze finished in ninth place in the 100-meter dash (13.72).
Another top-five finish came via senior Emma Howard in the high jump. Howard’s mark of 4 feet and 8 inches was just 2 inches shy of the winning mark spread by four separate athletes. Howard’s jump earned the Tigers two points for the overall team competition.
Other top-10 showings for the Tigers girls included senior Madi Hirsh’s 10th place and time of 01:05:55 in the 400-meter run and freshman Emily Koetteritz’s time of 56.51 in the 300-meter hurdles. The Tigers’ best finish in the girls relay competitions was seventh place of 16 teams in the 4×100-meter relay.
The Summit girls finished in 18th place in the 23-school girls competition.
Summit’s top finish on Friday in the boys events came from sophomore Korben Long in the 400-meter run. Long’s sixth-place time of 55.1 seconds in the 69-athlete race earned the Tigers three points for the boys overall team competition. Long also finished in an impressive 13th place in the 76-athlete, 200-meter run. His time of 24.64 was just over a second-and-a-half off of the winning pace of Grand Junction’s Kade Christensen.
Summit senior Lorenzo Lucia was another standout for the Tigers boys on Friday, soaring to seventh place and a mark of 5 feet and 4 inches in the 19-athlete high-jump competition. That mark earned Summit a point in the boys competition. The senior showed off his versatility by running to a strong 11th-place finish in the 89-sprinter 100-meter dash competition, with a time of 11.86.
Summit’s best result in the boys relay races was in the 4×400-meter relay, as the Tigers raced to a sixth-place time of 03:52.96 among the 17 teams.
The Tigers earned seven total points for the boys competition, to finish in 16th place of 23 schools.
The Summit High School boys lacrosse team roared back on Monday to defeat Eagle Valley on the road and begin their 2019 season with a 1-0 mark.
After a separate home game versus the same Eagle Valley team was postponed last Thursday, the Tigers jumped out to a 2-1 lead on Monday at the end of the first quarter. The Devils then outscored the Tigers by the score of 5-2 over the second and third quarters before Summit rallied with a 4-1 comeback in the fourth quarter to eek out the 8-7 win.
Due to the fact that last Thursday’s home game versus Eagle Valley was postponed, the Tigers are slated to open up their home season against Vail Mountain School on Friday at 4 p.m.
The Tigers girls lacrosse team’s season got off to a rockier start than the boys. After their pair of games versus Green Mountain and Eagle Valley were postponed earlier this month, Summit opened up on Saturday at Conifer. The Lobos scored 12 unanswered goals in the first half, coasting to a 16-1 victory. Summit is back in action on Saturday for their home opener versus Rifle, scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.
After a pair of postponements, the Summit High School girls varsity soccer team commenced their season on Saturday with a resounding 8-0 home victory over the Rifle Bears. The Tigers took control of the game early with five first half goals before tacking on three more after the intermission.
Summit was scheduled to continue its four-game homestand to open up the season at Tiger Stadium with a Tuesday matchup against Glenwood Springs before the home games continued with a Thursday 4 p.m. tilt versus Eagle Valley. The Tigers will then host Vail Mountain School on Monday at 4 p.m.
The Summit High School varsity baseball team began its season earlier this month with a March 9 doubleheader at Canon City High School before a Saturday game at Hinkley was postponed. The Tigers dropped each game of the doubleheader by scores of 25-2 and 18-2.
In the opener, Summit sophomore Dominic Leonardi and junior Ethan Long each drove in a run. Tigers sophomore Foster Kruger led Summit in the second game with two hits in three plate appearances.
The Tigers were slated to return to action Tuesday evening at Centaurus before their first league games of the season on Saturday via a doubleheader at Rifle.
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