Summit High: X-country earns swift times at Dakota Ridge |

Summit High: X-country earns swift times at Dakota Ridge

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At the Dakota Ridge Invitational Tuesday, Summit High head cross country coach Heather Quarantillo had the choice to have her team run in either of the race’s two divisions. She didn’t take long in deciding to have the Tigers run in the harder of the two.

“I wanted them to be in that faster, harder division to give them that type of environment,” she said. “I thought it might help push them a bit.”

The strategy definitely worked, as many of the Tigers ran their fastest times of their careers, helping the girls’ squad finish in fifth and the boys in 10th.

“Our division had almost all 5A teams,” Quarantillo said, noting the Tigers are 4A. “So our team results don’t quite reflect just how well we did as individuals in the race. We had some really good personal performances.”

The girls’ team was also without its top two runners because of sickness. Regardless, the Tigers got impressive performances from junior Cali Greksa and freshman Sydney Stein. Greksa finished the race in 20:25 to finish 12th, while Stein came in 18th. Stein’s time of 20:46 was her fastest of her career by a whopping three minutes.

“When I showed her time after the race, she was shocked,” Quarantillo said.

Next for Summit was Julie Bishop, who ran her fastest time of the season at 21:04 to finish 24th.

Junior Julia Hayes ran the best time of her three-year career at 21:57 to finish 41st.

Junior Tess Olson (22:18) and sophomore Paige Olson (24:31) also ran their best times of the season to round out the girls’ lineup.

For the boys’ squad, sophomore Tucker McCrerey led the way with a 24th-place finish at 18:49.

Junior Duncan Koehn (20:15) and freshman Emmett Bailey (20:21) were 52nd and 54th, respectively.

Freshman Sam Piehl (21:30) and sophomore Troy Meeker (21:33) both ran the fastest times of their careers, while sophomore Quinton Bobb (21:53) and senior Erik Ladwig (21:55) also ran for Summit.

The Tigers now have some time to rest up and train before their Jeffco 4A League meet on Oct. 16. Quarantillo hopes her team continues its improvements while getting all its runners healthy.

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