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Tiger tracksters show signs of maturation

ADAM BOFFEYSummit Daily News

KREMMLING – As the track and field season wears on, Summit High School’s runners seem to be maturing.Take Katie Sodergren, who led Summit at West Grand’s Joe Shields Invite on Saturday by winning the 800-meter run with at time of 2 minutes, 41.55 seconds.According to SHS coach Kristy McClain, the speedy junior took an intelligent approach to the race.

“It was clear she was thinking about what she was doing,” McClain said of Sodergren, who also took second in the triple jump (31feet, 11.5 inches). “There were two other girls ahead of her almost the whole race and she passed them in the last 100 meters. That’s something you dream of seeing as a coach.”Chris Rice was another Tiger who bided his time for a strong result on Saturday. For most of seven laps, Rice trailed the 3200 frontrunner before he made the pass with approximately one lap to go. Although the Summit sophomore eventually fell back into second place, like Sodergren, he showed the kind of poise McClain is looking for.”I was impressed with the mental race (Rice) ran,” McClain said. “We’re always talking to the kids about staying with their opponents and drafting – sometimes they do it and sometimes it just gets away from them.”Overall, Summit’s girls took seventh and its boys took 11th out of 16 teams.

Other podium toppers for the Tigers included Jenya Berino (second in 3200 run, 13:16.54) and Catherine Clark (third in 100 hurdles, 17.75).Although he didn’t reach any of Saturday’s podiums, Tiger Stephen Ike had a strong performance, according to Summit assistant coach Darren Brungardt.”Ike had a marvelous day,” Brungardt said. “He placed in two of his four events and took ninth in the 300 hurdles. He’s one of our strongest multi-event athletes.”

“Many of our athletes ran smart races today,” McClain said. “Using the wind to an advantage is the mark of experienced runners, and many of them have reached that stage.”Summit’s next competition will be a league meet on Tuesday at Clear Creek.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.

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