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Summit High: Tiger track impressive at 4A meet

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Good results, good weather ” the Summit High track team couldn’t have asked for much more from its meet on Tuesday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

Amid a slew of impressive individual performances the Tigers finished fifth on the boys’ side and seventh for girls.

“The weather was super. It was a nice change from the track-unfriendly weather in Summit County the last few days,” SHS head coach Kristy McClain said. “(Our) athletes continue to improve ” we saw several personal bests.”

Led by seniors Chris Rice, Stephen Ike and David Leopold, the Tigers had five first-place finishes on the day.

Rice broke his own Summit High record in the 3,200-meter run, finishing first with a time of 10:40. His previous record was 10:44, and Rice won the race by nearly 12 seconds.

Ike had an impressive day, as well, winning three times and earning one second-place finish. The senior won the 110-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles and placed first in the long jump. He also had a near miss in the triple jump, finishing in second by a mere 3.5 inches.

Leopold, who also is a power-hitting pitcher on the SHS baseball team, took first place in the high jump, as well as finishing fourth in both the discus and shot put events. The 6-foot-6-inch senior cleared the 5-foot-10-inch mark in the high jump to win by 2 inches.

Senior Zach Armstrong and sophomore Michael Daigle also had strong showings on the day, finishing second in the 1,600-meter run and fifth in the 100-meter dash, respectively.

All the strong performances gave McClain confidence for her team to keep pushing to

the next level.

“We anticipate several state qualifiers, such as David Leopold in the high jump and Stephen Ike in the hurdles, triple jump, and the long jump,” the Tigers’ coach said. “Chris Rice, Zach Armstrong, Nick Adolph and Diego Andraca have a great chance in the 4×800 (relay) and other individual events.”

That 4×800 team finished in second on Tuesday, and the boys’ 4×400 team of Ridge Strickler, Curtis Dankof, Andraca and Adolph earned a third-place finish.

On the girls’ side, Summit’s top finish was earned by Julia Hayes. The sophomore distance specialist finished fourth in the 800-meter run and seventh in the 1,600-meter run.

Senior Sam Gardner also had a solid day, finishing sixth in both the 300-meter hurdles and the high jump.

In relay races, the girls’ 4×200 team of Catherine Scanlan, Halley Armstrong, Julia Scanlan and Paige Olson finished in sixth. Then Gardner, Armstrong and both Scanlans helped the sprint medley team to a fifth-place finish.

Catherine Scanlan also finished eighth in the discus throw.

The Tigers now have a long break before their next competition on April 20 when Summit will travel to Jeffco Stadium for the 4A League Relays at 3 p.m.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at

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