Tigers XC challenged by busy schedule
The Summit Tigers cross-country team competed in their third meet in a week last Friday at the Glenwood Springs Invitational, held at the CMC Spring Valley Campus.
The girls team finished fourth of nine teams competing in the meet.
Of their in-league competitors, they were only bested by Battle Mountain. Grandview took first overall among girls.
For the Tigers boys, Liam Meirow put up a strong race, finishing first overall. The boys team finished seventh of 10 teams competing.
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Ruthie Boyd led the way for the Tigers girls, outsprinting Basalt’s Hailey Swurbil at the finish to earn second place overall in 21:11. Erin Norton of Grandview finished first in 20:15.
Katherine Pappas was Summit’s second highest finisher, crossing the line in seventh in 21:29.
Head coach Heather Quarantillo said, “Ruthie and Katherine did a great job pacing together early on. Ruthie gradually increased her pace in the last mile of the race.”
Meirow got out to a strong start, according to Quarantillo, and paced a large lead pack for the first half-mile. He then took over first and gradually increased his lead on the field for the remainder of the race. Meirow finished in 17:15. The next closest racer was Matthew Berberick from Heritage with a 17:51.
Quarantillo said it was a challenge having three races in such a short period, and the team is feeling the effects.
Earlier in the week the team competed in a meet hosted by Buena Vista. The Tigers girls team finished second to Salida. Host Buena Vista finished third of the seven teams competing. Katherine Pappas had a strong showing. She led half the race, but was then passed by Taryn Ceglowski from Salida. Pappas held onto second place for the remainder of the race finishing in 22:01.
Ruthie Boyd finished in eighth place with a time of 22:52. McKenna Ramsey was ninth in a tie of 23:03.
The Tiger boys finished in fifth of eight teams.
Robert Koegel lead the way for the Tigers finishing in fifth in 19:44.
The team’s next meet is Tuesday in Littleton at the Runner’s Roost Invitational.
Story compiled by Sebastian Foltz with contributions by Heather Quarantillo
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