Summit runners holding their own in new league |

Summit runners holding their own in new league

TABERNASH – Before runners on the Summit High School cross-country team started racing this season, some feared the team would finish dead last in its larger, more competitive league.

Now, the team is in the middle of the season, and finishing in the middle of the pack.

“The girls are moving up,” Summit head coach Heather Quarantillo said. “And the boys, they didn’t do as well this past meet, but they’ve been steadily improving too. I can definitely see that flicker of potential growing. They don’t even know what they’re capable of.”

The Tigers took on the toughest course of the season Saturday at the Snow Mountain Ranch Invitational. The girls team took 10th out of 19 teams and the boys took 15th out of 18, with top runs coming from SHS junior Tara Carosa, who placed 17th of 129 runners with her time of 23 minutes, 55 seconds, and senior Charles Willis, who tackled the course with the top boys time of 20:20 for 43rd place.

“No one ran fast times,” Quarantillo said. “It was a strength course rather than a speed course. It was definitely a hilly course.”

The team will have a lower elevation treat in store today with the Lutheran Light Runner meet in Lakewood at 4 p.m., and then brings it home at 3:30 p.m. Friday for its one and only home meet of the season at the Frisco Nordic Center.

Local runners and community members are encouraged to try their speed against the Summit High cross-country team with a Coaches and Citizen race at 5 p.m. Friday at the Frisco Nordic Center following the team’s home meet. The course is 5K, and loops around the Peninsula. Registration is $10. For more information, contact Heather Quarantillo at (970) 468-4960.

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