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Tigers hope to make the leap to state’

FARMER’S KORNER – Freshman sprinter Brittany Adamson is what you might call dedicated. When she was unable to practice on the Summit High School track, which was covered in snow all season, she went to her old elementary school track in Denver with her own set of hurdles to practice by herself.

Now she is going into the Class 4A, Region 6 meet Thursday and Saturday at Elizabeth High School with the top reported time in the region for the 100-meter hurdles. And she already has a state competition under her belt.

“I went to state last year when I was in eighth grade,” said Adamson, who moved to Summit County last fall. “I fell on the prelims and got the eighth-fastest time. Then, I did it again and (finished) second.”

Last week, during the last meet of Summit’s regular season, Adamson finished the 100-meter hurdles in 17.65 seconds, putting her at the top of athletes in the 11 high schools included in Region 6. In order to go to state, Adamson must be among the top three to finish in regionals. She is well on her way, having finished third at the 4A Jeffco League Championships last week.

“I’ve been coming in pretty near the top all season,” she said. “But the competition is definitely there. I think it will just make me do a little better than I’ve done in my past races.”

In addition to finishing first and second in the 100 hurdles during several meets this season, Adamson also has had success in the triple jump – an event in which she’d never previously competed before she took second place at the Battle Mountain meet a few weeks ago with a jump of 31 feet, 10.25 inches.

Another prominent regional contender for the Tigers is senior Jessie Glynn, who holds the third-fastest reported time in the 300 hurdles going into regionals. Glynn finished first in leagues and took fourth in last year’s regional competition, barely missing a spot to go to state.

“I would love to just push my hardest for the last race and get third place for state,” Glynn said. “The first part of this season, I was just trying to get to where I was last year. It’s been pretty consistent the past two weeks, so I’m just hoping to knock off a couple seconds and get a better place this year in regionals.”

Glynn and Adamson are also on a 100 relay team with Betsy Jason – a team that stands a good chance at making it to state.

“They’re about two seconds away from what it will take to qualify in relays,” said SHS sprint coach Gary Adamson. “I think they can definitely place in regionals. The hurdlers have surprised even me this season. If you would have told me at the beginning of the year they would perform like this without a track to practice on, I would have said it’s not possible.”

Coaches said personal records are the primary goal of regionals this week, and athletes from all of the events – hurdles, distance, field, sprints and relays – have consistently topped their own times one competition after the next throughout the past few weeks.

“We’d like our kids to go and get personal bests,” said SHS track head coach Sandy Padjen. “We had a lot of personal bests at our league meet last week. Getting the kids to state is a neat goal, and I think we have some kids who have a shot at it. It will take some good performances.”

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