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Tigers run into whipping storm at Lutheran

LAKEWOOD ” Inflatable sharks and alligators, as well as five water crossings, make the annual Lutheran Light Runner Invitational cross country meet a sight to behold.

Tuesday afternoon, the 500-plus runners in the field got even more than the usual elements of challenge when a brutal storm whipped through Addenbrooke Park, drenching them with rain, high winds, thunder and lightning.

The Summit High School boys fought through the adverse conditions to post one of their best finishes of the season, relative to the rest of the field. The Tigers tied for 14th out of 32 teams, led by senior captain Ben Holland’s 17th-place time of 19 minutes, 22 seconds on the 5K course ” a 6:14 mile pace. Sophomore Tyler Reinking wasn’t far behind, finishing 27th (19:59) in the field of 307.

“Ben and Tyler both had terrific races,” SHS coach Heather Quarantillo said. “They both started out a little faster than usual to establish themselves in the front pack.”

Luke Smith (90th, 21:19), John Willis (124th, 21:58), Chris Rice (138th, 22:12), Taylor Miller (158th, 22:44) and Marshall Snead (185th, 23:25) rounded out Summit’s varsity contingent.

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“For the boys to finish above the top half shows that they are progressing nicely in the last half of the season,” Quarantillo said.

In the girls race, Summit High finished seventh out of 31 teams despite the absence of star sophomore Briana Perkins (illness) and co-captain Jordan Cooper (injury). Perkins’ sister Brittany, a senior co-captain, picked up the slack with an 18th-place showing (23:03; 7:26 mile pace) that led the team.

Mallory Clark took 48th (24:12) in the 247-runner field for her best finish within Summit’s varsity, and Morgan Major, coming off her win in the JV race last weekend, took 50th for SHS in 24:16. They were followed by Jenya Berino (56th, 24:28), Lara Silven (58th, 24:29) Mackenzie Jones (70th, 24:50) and Hannah Hausman (80th, 25:20).

“Brittany has done an excellent job as co-captain ensuring that the girls work hard and stay organized,” Quarantillo said. “It was nice to see her out front.”

All of Summit’s runners, like the rest of the field, dealt with one water crossing that was more than six feet across and thigh-deep. “Everyone got wet, muddy and had a blast,” Quarantillo said.

The Tigers now look forward to their only home meet of the season, Saturday’s 9,100 Feet Invitational at the Frisco peninsula. The high school race starts at 10:30 a.m., and is preceded by a citizens/coaches race at 9 a.m. The citizens race is free, but all donations benefit the SHS team.

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