Summit track and field begins outdoor season with school-record-breaking performance, top marks at first meet


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Summit sophomore Faith Fox competes in the 100-meter hurdles at the Ivory Moore “We Are Columbine” Invite on Saturday, March 9. Fox broke the school record in the girls long jump with a mark of 16 feet.
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Believe it or not, the spring sports season is now officially underway in the of Colorado with competitions being hosted across the Western Slope and the Front Range.

This past weekend on Saturday, March 9, the Summit and team made the hourlong trip down Interstate 70 to Lakewood in order to compete at the Ivory Moore “We are Columbine Invite” at Jefferson County Stadium.

Last season, the Tigers competed well at the season-opener meet, and, a year later, the team continued to prove that it stays fit and ready throughout the offseason by participating in winter sports.



With mild, spring temperatures throughout the weekend, Summit secured new personal bests at Jefferson County Stadium, and sophomore Faith Fox also set a new school-record mark after making her debut at the Class 4A championship meet last spring.

Competing in three events throughout the day-long meet, Fox rewrote Summit and history in the girls long jump. After setting a new school record in the 300-meter hurdles as a freshman in 2023, Fox once again showed off her athleticism in the sport by jumping 16 feet in the long jump, successfully breaking the previous school record which had stood since 1978 — the longest standing record in Summit and history



The jump also gave Fox a third-place finish overall at the meet, finishing behind Emmaliegh Malcolm of Ralston Valley High School (17 feet, 3 inches) and Kendra Ritzmann of Pomona High School (16 feet, 6.5 inches). Senior Shannon Reed placed sixth overall with a best mark of 15 feet, 6 inches.

Fox also competed in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles where she was able to place within the top three to score more points for the Tigers. Fox placed third overall in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.55 seconds and first overall in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.85 seconds.

Fox was joined by four-sport athlete Olivia Lyman in both hurdle events where the junior placed 10th overall in the 300-meter hurdles (53.89 seconds) and 22nd in the 100-meter hurdles (21.16 seconds).

Faith’s older brother, Cam Fox, also saw success in the hurdles at the first meet of the season. Fox, a senior, placed third overall in the 110-meter hurdles (16.38 seconds) and was followed by junior Simeon Ryan in 12th (19.27 seconds).


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In the sprint events, Summit posted several athletes within the top 15. Leading the way for Tigers in the 100-meter was Reed who took 13th in the 100-meter dash (14.36 seconds).

Senior Braelyn Wentworth took third in the 200-meter dash (28.74 seconds) and sophomore Saige Heflin finished in sixth (29.44 seconds).

From the 800-meter to 3200-meter runs, Summit put eight athletes within the top 15. Freshman Jay McDonald earned the top mark, going well under the five-minute barrier and 4:43.40.

Sophomore Cain Steinweg took 12th in 11:25.45 and freshman Owen Fallon placed 13th in his debut in the event (11:34.57). 

Freshman Lily Benbow led the team in the girls distance events, placing sixth overall in the 1600-meter run (6:10.10). Junior Cecelia Miner followed Benbow in the 1600-meter run, placing 12th (6:30.79).

Sophomore Darby Leffler ran a 10-second personal best in the 800-meter run (2:51.34) to place 15th while senior Adaline Avery placed seventh (13:33.39) and Lila Ellison took 13th (15:18.45) in the 3200-meter run.

In the boys jumping events, senior Jackson Archambault placed fourth in the long jump (19 feet, 4 inches) while freshman Luke Saville placed seventh in the triple jump (38 feet, 0.75 inches) as well as fifth in the high jump (6 feet).

Summit concluded the first meet of the season with impressive relay team finishes. The girls 4×100-meter relay team took second (53.05), the girls 4×200-meter relay team placed fourth (2:04.01) and the boys 800 sprint medley placed fourth (1:47.38).

The Summit track and field team is scheduled to compete again at the Rifle Invitational on Friday, March 15, in Rifle. The meet is slated for 9 a.m, barring incoming snow and road conditions.





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