Summit High sports roundup: Grace Staberg obliterates competition in 3,200 meters at Eagle Valley Invite
Track and field
Summit junior Grace Staberg won the 3,200-meter run at Saturday’s Eagle Valley Invitational in Gypsum, as the Tigers girls track and field team took eighth place of 18 teams.
Staberg’s time of 12 minutes and 36.23 seconds obliterated the dozen other runners in the race, as Staberg’s nearest competitor, Karisa Coombs of Rifle, crossed the finish line at 13:22.26 — nearly a full minute after Staberg. Staberg’s resounding win earned the Summit girls 10 points in the overall team competition.
In the field events, Summit senior Emma Howard excelled once again on Saturday, as her mark of 15 feet and 7.5 inches in the long jump earned the team eight points via a second-place finish. In the high jump, Howard took fourth place with a mark of 4 feet and 7 inches.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Summit junior Anna Confer earned a third-place finish and six points for the team with a time of 17.82, while Summit freshman Emily Koetteritz ran to sixth place with a time of 18.18. Confer also finished in ninth place in the 300-meter hurdles, a race her fellow Summit junior Hunter Stimson took fifth place in with a time of 52.09. Koetteritz also ran to 10th place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 55.30.
In the 100-meter dash, Summit senior Cashema Hemans’ fifth-place showing and time of 13.43 earned the Tigers four team points. In the 400-meter run, Summit senior Madi Hirsh ran to 10th place with a time of 01:07.10.
In the boys competition, Summit finished in 12th place of 18 teams. In the 110-meter hurdles, Summit senior Brennan Creen earned the team four points for the team competition with a fifth-place finish and time of 18.16. Creen also earned the team two points via his seventh-place finish and time of 46.47 in the 300-meter hurdles. In the high jump, Summit sophomore Gray Wasson’s mark of 5 feet and 5 inches was good enough for seventh place and two team points. And in the discus, Summit sophomore Corey Johnson’s mark of 112 feet and 1 inch earned ninth place.
Both the Tigers boys and girls upper varsity athletes will next run at Thursday’s Don Osse Invitational at Jeffco Stadium.
The Summit varsity baseball team is riding high on a two-game winning streak after recent wins over Palmer and Eagle Valley.
In Tuesday’s victory over Palmer, Summit exploded with six runs in the second inning before they held on for a 7-5 victory over seven innings. Summit junior Koa Rashidi went four-for-four at the plate with three doubles, driving in two runs and scoring one of his own. Tigers junior Ethan Long also scored two runs, stole two bases and added two RBIs in three plate appearances. On the mound, Summit sophomore Pavel Bemlohr struck out seven batters and allowed five runs over seven innings of a complete-game.
Summit’s win over Eagle Valley was a truly enthralling one, as the Tigers notched two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game on last-licks after the Devils themselves had scored two runs in the top of the seventh to retake the lead. Rashidi also starred at the plate for the Tigers versus Eagle Valley, going four-for-four at the plate, including three doubles, two runs and one RBI. Summit sophomores Foster Kruger and Riley Cibula both went two-for-four at the dish, Cibula driving in three runs while Kruger knocked home a pair of his own.
Rashidi also contributed on the mound, pitching 5 2/3 innings, striking out six Devils batters in the process. He and Cibula also stole two bases apiece in the game.
With a record that now stands at 3-11 and 1-5 in the 4A Western Slope League, the Tigers will return to the diamond on Thursday versus Middle Park at Granby at 4 p.m.
The Summit High School varsity boys lacrosse team weathered a thicket of tough early-season league games in recent weeks, coming out on the other side with a 3-4 record and a thrilling redemptive victory versus Vail Mountain School.
The Tigers record fell below .500 on Monday with an 11-2 loss at home to Steamboat Springs, the Tigers second loss on the season to the Sailors. It was Summit’s second consecutive loss after the Tigers lost a rivalry game on Friday at Battle Mountain by the score of 14-5. In the loss, Summit senior Max Duxbury scored two goals and an assist while his fellow senior Matt O’Connell added two goals and senior Starke Carleton added a goal as well. Summit sophomore Andrew Duxbury led the team with four groundballs while, in net, junior Nolan Schwier led the Tigers with 10 saves.
The loss to Battle Mountain followed a pair of impressive wins for the boys lacrosse team, including a 7-5 victory on April 2 over Glenwood Springs. Sophomore Noah Martens led the Tigers on the day with three goals and one assist on nine shots on goal, while Alexi Urtusuastegui-Nevarez, Will Wagner and Max Bonenberger also contributed goals. Max Duxbury led the team with three ground balls and 13 shots on goal and contributed an assist while Schwier stopped 11 shots in 48 full minutes in the cage.
On March 29, just a week after the Tigers fell to Vail Mountain School by the score of 14-2, Summit toppled the Gore Rangers 10-9 in a triple-overtime classic. The Gore Rangers raced out to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter and led 5-2 at halftime before Summit outscored VMS 7-4 in the second half to force overtime. Both times failed to score through the first two overtime periods before Bonenberger found the back of the net on the game-winner for the 10-9 victory.
In the win, Bonenberger led the way for the Tigers with three goals on five shots on net, while Martens contributed two on three shots on goal himself. Other goal-scorers for Summit in the victory included junior Steven Jardim, sophomore Cameron Kalaf, Max Duxbury, Wagner and Urtusuastegui-Nevarez. Out in the field, Wagner’s four groundballs led the Tigers while Kalaf and Bonenberger contributed three each. And, in the net, Schwier made 10 saves.
The Tigers return to action on Thursday at 4 p.m., at Aspen, before returning home for a tilt versus John F. Kennedy High School of Denver on Friday at 4 p.m.
This spring’s wintry weather threw another curveball at the Summit varsity girls lacrosse team on Wednesday, as their game versus Roaring Fork was postponed due to inclement weather. The Tigers, who sit at 4-4 on the season and 1-2 in Mountain League play, will return to the Summit High turf on Thursday for a 4 p.m. game versus Eagle Valley, which was postponed from earlier in the season also due to snow.
In their most recent game, on Saturday versus Durango, the Tigers roared out to a 7-3 lead before tacking on four second-half goals for an 11-6 victory. That road victory over the Demons followed up a 14-5 road loss at Green Mountain on Thursday. The Tigers rounded out the month of March with a 13-12 victory at home versus Telluride on March 30 and a 15-14 loss at Fruita Monument on March 29.
The Summit varsity girls soccer team improved its record to 2-6 on the season on Tuesday with a 5-0 home victory over Rifle. The victory ended a six-game losing streak for the Tigers where they weren’t able to score a goal. Summit will next play on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Battle Mountain. Their next home game is scheduled for Friday, April 26, versus Palisade at 4 p.m.
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