Summit track wraps up regionals, Adamson makes state |

Summit track wraps up regionals, Adamson makes state

ELIZABETH – The Summit High School track and field team had several of its best results ever at regional finals at Elizabeth High School Monday, but only one of its athletes will move on to state.

Summit High freshman Brittany Adamson qualified for state in the 100-meter hurdles after running the best time of her career, finishing in 17.4 seconds to take second place.

“Brittany did great,” said Gary Adamson, SHS sprint coach and Brittany’s father. “We were close in a couple other events, but she’s the only person from Summit that’s going to state. It’s an unusual thing for a freshman to qualify. She’s very excited about it.”

Fellow hurdlers Jessie Glynn and Betsy Jason came very close to making the state cut, which takes the top three competitors in every event.

Jason took fifth in the 100 hurdles with a finish time of 19.3 seconds and Glynn, who is a graduating senior this year, took sixth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 52.8 seconds.

“I think if it was a 310 hurdles, she would have gone to state,” Adamson said of Glynn. “There was a group of girls all there together. She ran her fastest time. She has a strong kick. Just a little earlier, we’d be talking about a couple hurdlers going to state.”

As far as relays Monday, the Tiger’s 400 by 1 relay team is what Adamson calls “the bittersweet story of the day.”

The team of Brittany Adamson, Glynn, Jason and Charlotte Hill took fourth place, missing state qualification by less than a half a second with a time of 55 seconds.

“They ran a personal best time,” Adamson said. “Englewood was third with 54.6 seconds. We had one bad handoff. We had two really great exchanges, and one not-so-good one. At that level of competition, everything counts. But, you can never be sad about running the best time you’ve run all year. But to be that close and not quite make it, that was hard.”

Adamson indicated that, had the Tigers had a track to practice on for more than just their final week of practice, they could have focused more on skills such as handoffs.

As for other close results Monday, the 4 by 4 relay team of Glynn, Amy Secor, Kara Springer and Tara Carosa took seventh place. In field events, Lindsey Rappeleye took 11th in girls discus, Tyler Brooks ninth in boys high jump, Mike Allard ninth in boys shotput and John Koop 12th. Although the weather was warm, field competitors, more than anyone else, had to contend with high wind.

“We were battling the elements again,” said SHS field coach Rob Royer. “But, considering all the pitfalls and setbacks this year, it wasn’t bad. For me, I’ve got three sophomore boys to look at next year, and Lindsey will be a senior and looking to go to state.”

The high school track preliminary state events take place Friday at JeffCo stadium in Lakewood.

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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