Summit track team races to league meet |

Summit track team races to league meet

Summit Daily/Richard Chittick High jumper Charles Koenig clears the bar during Summit High School track and field practice Wednesday afternoon as coach Rob Royer and teammates look on.

FARMER’S KORNER – At the end of Wednesday afternoon’s track and field practice at Summit High School, coach Kristy McClain sat down with her long distance runners.

It was only 4 p.m., which is earlier than the Tigers normally finish, but McClain was setting free the runners so they could rest up for today’s Jeffco 10 League meet at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

“We’ve seen everybody who is going to be there (today),” McClain said Wednesday afternoon. “There shouldn’t be any surprises.”

However, not all 10 teams in the league have competed at the same meet with full squads.

The Tigers have a lot of momentum going into the meet after their last quad meet on April 27 against Conifer, Alameda and Jefferson.

Nine team members and two relays finished in the top 5, including three first-place finishes – Whitney Anderson (800-meter dash), Sierra Anderson (3,200) and Madelaine Child (300 hurdles).

“We’ve been working hard to peak at the end of the year,” said Rob Royer, who coaches the team alongside McClain.

Whitney Anderson showed that peak form when she set a new meet record in the 3,200 of 11 minutes, 13.73 seconds at the 2004 Cherry Creek Invitational on Saturday.

“We’ve had a lot of practice time outside,” Royer said, noting that, in most years, the outside practice fields in Farmer’s Korner are usually still covered with snow or mud this time of year.

“The Anderson girls are looking strong in the 1,600 and the 3,200,” Royer said.

Mike Holloway (discus) and John Koop (shot put) are also looking strong, Royer said.

Lindsay Rappleye, who finished second in both discus and shot put on April 27, is on the verge of throwing a state-qualifying distance in the discus. Bryndon Tarafa can also qualify in the triple jump.

“Their goals are not necessarily to place, but to improve their personal bests,” Royer said.

According to McClain, many students have already run, thrown or jumped for state qualifying scores, only it was in practice or at meets that don’t officially count toward qualifications.

Students can also qualify at the regional meet May 14-15.

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at

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