Summit High Sports Wrap-Up: Rugby and soccer keep rolling, XC girls at State
With fall sports coming to a close the cross-country girls wrapped their season in Colorado Springs with the State Championships over the weekend, while boys soccer and girls rugby continue their playoff push.
Cross-country: It may not have ended quite the way the girls would have liked, but with only one graduating senior the young team can take it as motivation for next season. On a hot day in the Springs, the girls cross-country team finished 19th of 24 teams in the 4A State Championship race. Junior McKenna Ramsay was the top Tiger finisher, crossing the line in 12th with a time of 20 minutes, 40 seconds. Overcome by heat exhaustion, teammate Ruthie Boyd struggled in the race’s final mile.
“She entered the finish arena and started to zig-zag,” coach Heather Quarantillo later recalled, “then, she blacked out and fell down.”
Boyd was able to walk across the finish line, but in that time over 40 girls passed her, leading to a disappointing 69th-place finish. Both Boyd and Ramsay had been top five finishers at almost every race this season.
“It took so much courage just to finish,” Quarantillo said of Boyd’s effort. “I never would have expected any athlete to be able to do what she did. It just shows how much she cares about her team.”
Quarantillo said her girls are already eyeing spring track season and looking ahead to better results next year.
Rugby: After a successful trip to Kansas for an out-of-state tournament, the girls rugby team tied a bow around their season with yet another convincing win. The Tigers finished their seventh consecutive undefeated season Saturday with a 76-0 win over Fort Collins. Already the No. 1 seed, the Tigers will look to defend their six-consecutive state title when the playoffs open Saturday, Nov. 1, at Chaparral High School.
Soccer: The 10th-seeded Tigers stood strong in the first round of the payoffs with a tightly contested 2-1 win at home over Lewis-Palmer High School. They’ll travel to face seventh-seeded John F. Kennedy High School Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Denver.
Volleyball: The Tiger girls closed what has been a challenging volleyball season with a win Saturday in the final game of the annual varsity tournament in Golden.
The Tigers topped Standley Lake 2-1 in three sets. With only two graduating seniors, a number of underclassmen will hope to bring their experience into next season. The girls ended the year 4-18.
Football: Summit played their final home football game Friday night in Farmer’s Korner, falling to Steamboat Springs 36-13. The loss dropped the team to 1-8 on the year. They’ll close the season next week at 8-1 Rifle.
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