Summit’s Sierra Anderson qualifies for state
LAFAYETTE – Summit High School senior Sierra Anderson qualified for the 4A state cross country meet Saturday after finishing 11th at regionals Saturday at Waneka Lake Park in Lafayette.
While her team failed to qualify and finished sixth of 12 teams, Anderson earned the automatic invitation by being among the top 15 individuals.
“Sierra ran a smart, well-paced race,” Tigers head coach Heather Quarantillo said. “In the final 400 meters of the race, there were still five other girls surrounding her. She pulled out every last drop of energy to hold them off and finished the race with her trademark collapse in the finish chute.”
State is scheduled for Saturday in Colorado Springs.
The race also was the last for three-time state qualifier Tara Carosa, who finished 21st.
“She had a great high school career,” Quarantillo said. “It was unfortunate for Tara to not qualify this year, but she has seen the caliber of competition become more intense year after year. Tara ran as hard as she could today and it showed.”
Sophomore Brittany Perkins crossed the finish line in 19th place.
Sophomore Ben Holland led the boys with a personal best 18 minutes, 36 seconds pace for the 5K race. Holland fell short of qualifying for state, but has set his goals on the school record by the time he graduates.
Sophomore Jarvis Johnson finished in 57th, while Pete Richmond, Marc Miller and David Shaffer also competed.
For the girls, junior Amy Secor, Jordan Cooper, and senior Jessie Geiss also ran for the Tigers.
LAKEWOOD – During the gymnastics season, it takes two scores of 32.50 in the all around to qualify for state. While senior captain Claudia Bouvier has already accomplished that, senior Katie Lindbloom needed just one more good score to land her a spot.
Saturday, it came at the Class 4A Jeffco League meet at Bear Creek, where Lindbloom’s 32.60 earned her a trip Nov. 1 to compete for a state championship. Kelsey Todd also earned her second beam state qualifying score, meaning she’ll make the trip too.
Summit had its best score of the season Saturday, and Bouvier’s season-high 33.925 helped her earn second-team all-conference honors.
“Without a doubt, the girls had their best meet of the season,” Tigers head coach Beth Flaherty said. “They came ready to compete and get the job done. Today was huge.”
Robin Lewarton earned her first state beam qualifying score.
Class 5A Arvada West won the meet, while 5A Standley Lake came in second. The Tigers finished eighth of 11 teams, and among the top 4A squads.
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