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Surprising Shoop to join Anderson at state track meet

Devon O'Neil

DENVER – Whitney Anderson’s expected redemption at Thursday’s Region 6 meet was accompanied by the surprise of the season for the Summit High School track and field team.Sophomore Braden Shoop, who had made little to no noise all year as a jumper, finished second in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 8 inches, a result that qualified him for next week’s 4A state meet.The top three finishers in each event at regionals qualified for state.”Shocking,” SHS co-head coach Rob Royer said. “It was one of those things. Braden got a 5-8, then missed three attempts at 5-10. But everyone else missed 5-8, so he qualified.”Shoop, by all accounts a reserved athlete, maintained his low-key persona even after the unexpected result. Still, co-head coach Kristy McClain said, “I think he was pretty excited in his own quiet way.”Anderson followed her 3,200-meter run victory on Tuesday by claiming the 1,600 title Thursday and exacting a measure of revenge over Conifer’s Angela Potrykus. Potrykus had beaten Anderson in last week’s Jeffco League 1,600 race by a little more than a second, but Anderson – the defending state champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 distances – won comfortably this time.The lead changed hands three times between Potrykus and Anderson, but Summit’s reigning champion pulled away midway through the race and crossed the line in a statement-making 5 minutes, 10.18 seconds. They’ll do battle again next week for the state title.In a crushing moment that ended an admirable high school career, SHS senior John Koop fell one place short of qualifying for state in the shot put Thursday. Koop eclipsed his personal best by more than three feet with a put of 46 feet, 6.5 inches, but the final thrower of the day slipped past Koop into the last state-qualifying spot and pushed Koop into fourth.”Koop showed up, he went big,” Royer said. “It was a heartbreaker.”Catherine Clark was the only other individual placer for the Tigers on Thursday. She took fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.46 seconds, after qualifying eighth, and seventh in the 200 (28.2 seconds). Among the relay teams, the all-freshmen girls 4×800 relay (Katie Sodergren, Mackenzie Jones, Jenya Berino and Mallory Clark) finished sixth, in 11:10.3; the girls 1,600 relay (Amy Secor, Jordan Cooper, Madeline Child and Catherine Clark) took seventh; the girls 800 relay (Steph Wade, Gill Montgomery, Mallory Clark and Child) took seventh; and the boys 800 relay (Travis Glynn, Ryan Eberhart, Stephan Collard and Jon Nease) finished eighth.A number of other Tigers also posted personal bests on the day, most notably freshman Sharayah Dossett. She finished an impressive ninth in the discus finals with what Royer called “an incredible performance.” Her final throw of 83 feet, 7 inches was a whopping eight feet better than her previous best.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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