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Summit struggles in Jeffco Relays but still benefits

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LAKEWOOD ” If nothing else, the Summit High School track and field team grew a little bit closer this week.

The Tigers traveled to Jeffco Stadium Tuesday and Wednesday to compete in the Jeffco 10 Relays, an event described by Summit coach Kristy McClain as different than the norm.

“It’s a neat event because we get to put people into new combinations,” McClain said. “It builds camaraderie to have different team members competing with each other. And the idea of doing relays you don’t normally do, relaxes the atmosphere a little bit.”

Summit got third-place finishes from its 1,600 meter and 400 girls relay teams.

The 1,600 team included Katie Sodergren, Madeleine Child, Mallory Clark and Jordan Cooper. On the 400 team was Alyssa Kircher, Abby Ferguson, Annelise Austill and Elise Scanlan.

McClain said that her 1600 team is looking especially promising at this point in the season.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a possible state bid,” she said. “That team has really worked hard and it deserves to go.”

The Tigers next chance to qualify for state will be May 4 at the Jeffco 10 League meet in Lakewood. The only other opportunity they’ve had thus far was at the Liberty Invitational in March.

“Our kids have three chances to qualify for state including regionals,” she said. “But it’s really hard to qualify people at Liberty because it’s so early in the season.”

Summit’s top boys finish was achieved by the 400 relay team of Talon Roggasch, Stephen Ike, Ross Perry and Helaman Salas.

“They finished strong,” McClain said of the four boys. “Ross is normally a thrower so it was fun to incorporate him into some relays.”

In the end, the Tiger girls finished eighth out of nine teams, while their male counterparts took ninth out of 10.

Summit will compete in its first ever Holy Family Invitational, Saturday in Broomfield.

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