Summit High’s Vaille, Bonenberger run at states; Tigers football struggles at Glenwood Springs
At Saturday’s 4A state championship cross-country 5K race in Colorado Springs, Summit High School juniors Jeremiah Vaille and Max Bonenberger both posted sub-19 minute times.
Of the 161 runners from across Colorado in the 5,000-meter race, Vaille ran to a 77th-place time of 17 minutes and 53 seconds.
Bonenberger trailed his teammate with a 102nd-place time of 18:15.
The overall race at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs was won by junior Cruz Culpepper of Niwot, with a time of 15:48.6, just under 10 seconds ahead of senior teammate Ares Reading (15:58.4).
The 4A team race was won by Centaurus High School, paced by three top-10 overall finishes from senior Cooper Brown (fourth place) senior Torey Puckett (seventh) and senior Kyle Pipe (tenth).
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This was the first time the Tigers cross-country team had competed at the state meet since 2015. Earlier this year at the season-opening Cheyenne Mountain Stampede event, Vaille led the charge for Summit, finishing in 39th place with a time of 17:52 on the 5,000-meter course, while Bonenberger took 41st place in 17:57.50.
It was a first half to forget in Glenwood Springs on Friday night for the Summit High School varsity football team, en route to an eventual 41-12 loss to the Demons at Stubler Memorial Field in a 3A Western Slope League contest.
Summit managed to get on the scoreboard in the second half with a couple of touchdown passes from senior quarterback Brendan Collins. The first strike was a 39-yarder to senior wide receiver Max Duxbury, who returned Friday from an injury that kept him out of last week’s Tiger victory over Steamboat Springs.
The Demons raced out to an initial 41-0 lead, though. Not wasting any time in establishing control, the first quarter belonged entirely to the Demons as they rolled out to a 14-0 advantage.
Glenwood senior running back Luke Gair scored on touchdown runs of 30 yards and 45 yards, both down the right sideline of the field into the north end zone. Gair’s first touchdown capped a five-play, 58-yard drive for Glenwood. The second score of the quarter by Gair followed a nice run up the middle of the Summit line by the quick-cutting Demon senior running back Gavin Olson.
A convoy of Glenwood blockers escorted Gair on his second scamper to the goal line. Both extra points by senior Sebastian Torres split the uprights of the north goal.
Summit’s bright spot in the first half came on a lengthy drive in the first quarter. But the Glenwood defense, swarming in the Tiger backfield all evening, stopped the visitors on downs at the Demon 23-yard-line.
Glenwood upped the lead to 16-0 early in the second quarter when the Demon defense tackled Summit’s punter in the end zone for a safety.
The Tigers then punted to the Demons following the safety, Glenwood senior speedster Wyatt Ewer cradling the ball in and bolting up the middle of the field for a 62-yard touchdown.
Summit (3-6, 2-2 league) will conclude their regular season with a Friday 7 p.m. Senior Night game at Tiger Stadium versus Palisade (8-1, 4-0).
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