Summit track and field team sets school record, personal-best marks at Fort Collins meet


Karl Barth/Courtesy photo
Ella Snyder, left, Teagan Bath, Braelyn Wentworth and Luci Brady pose for a photo after setting a new school in the 4×100-meter relay on Friday, March 22, in Fort Collins.
Karl Barth/Courtesy photo

Editor’s Note: The article has been updated to correct the time and year of the previous Summit 4×100-meter relay school .

The Summit High School and field team has already been on a tear this season.

After setting early-season marks in Lakewood and Rifle, Summit got its first true taste of stiff competition at the Runners Roost of Fort Collins Invite on Friday, March 22.



With 30 different teams scoring at least a single point at the high-profile Front Range meet, Summit hung tough, earning a school as well as season- and personal-best marks en route to finishes within the top 25 of the final team rankings.

Leading the way for the Summit girls and field team was the 4×100-meter relay. Senior Luci Brady, senior Braelyn Wentworth, sophomore Teagan Barth and senior Ella Snyder split a time of 51.77 seconds to shatter the previous record of 52.35 seconds, which was set 31 seasons ago in 1993.



“It was such a gratifying feeling because we have all put in so much work with the help of our new head coach, Jay, and coach Barth,” Brady said. “I used to look up at the records in the gym being so motivated by them but never thinking that I could be apart of a team that broke one.”

With an average relay leg time of 12.94 seconds, the school-record-breaking time was also enough for the veteran-heavy relay team to take sixth overall and score three points toward the Tigers’ final team score.

“Being able to race alongside the other seniors was so rewarding because the three of us and Teagan all played on the same rugby team this year,” Brady said. “It was exiting to be pushing each other athletically once again. It’s a bittersweet feeling knowing this is our last sports season together, but I’m also thrilled knowing it’s only early in the season and we are already achieving our goals.”

Gunning for a new personal best time in the girls 1600-meter run, junior Avery Eytel found success by putting herself near the top of the race field and competing with the girls around her. The racing strategy proved to be beneficial for the junior, 5:37.25 seconds to break her previous best time in the event by six seconds.

Eytel placed ninth in the event and was followed by freshman Lily Benbow in 21st (5:52.90) and freshman Ashley Adkins in 22nd (5:53.97). With Lila Ellison placing 64th in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:37.14, all four Tigers set personal bests in the event with Ellison notching a 25-second improvement and Benbow earning a time that was 18 seconds faster than her personal best.


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Eytel and Adkins doubled back for the girls 800-meter run later in the meet where Eytel once again led the way for the Summit squad placing 17th overall (2:32.40) while Adkins followed in 46th (2:44.24).

Continuing to chase down finishes at the top of the results, Benbow placed ninth in the girls 3200-meter run, crossing the line in 12:51.69. Following Benbow in the event was senior Adaline Avery who set a new 25-second personal best with a time of 12:57.99 to place 11th while junior Cecelia Miner took 14th in 13:16.15 for a 21-second personal record.

Outside of the girls distance events, Summit also saw top marks from the program’s sprint and field events. Most notably, sophomore Faith Fox placed 15th in the long jump with a jump of 15 feet, 3 inches.

Senior Cami Davis placed 31st in the long jump with a best mark of 13 feet, 9.5 inches and then placed 20th in the triple jump with a mark of 30 feet, 6 inches.

After lending a hand to a new school record, Barth cracked into the top 15 in the girls 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.78 while sophomore Hailey Russer took 29th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.63 seconds.

With several athletes absent from the meet, the Summit girls track and field team placed 17th out of 27 teams with a total of 13 points. Windsor High School won the meet with 86 points.

Dillon Benbow/Courtesy photo
Avery Eytel competes in the girls 1600-meter run at the Runners Roost of Fort Collins Invite on Friday, March 22.
Dillon Benbow/Courtesy photo

As has been the case so far this season, the Summit boys track and field team matched the success of the girls team, earning spots at the top of the results and setting new personal-best marks.

After racing — and winning — back-to-back 1600-meter races over the first two meets, freshman Jay McDonald flexed his aerobic capacity in the longest event in high school track — the 3,200-meter run.

In a deep field of 38 athletes, McDonald got out fast, splitting a time of 2:24.22 over the first two laps before settling into the pace of the race.

McDonald finished in 10:11.41 to be Summit’s fastest-ever freshman in the event and rank fifth on Summit’s all-time list.

Jay’s twin brother — John McDonald — reeled in a three-second personal record in the 1600-meter run placing 34th (5:04.34) with sophomore Cain Steinweg placed 43rd (5:14.48) and freshman Malachi Love took 46th (5:17.01) for a 10-second improvement.

Rounding out the Summit distance events, freshman Lukas Remeikis set a new personal record in the 800-meter run, clocking 2:21.80 for 65th place.

In the sprinting events, junior Quinn Breigenzer took 21st in the 400-meter dash (55.01) with senior Jackson Archambault following closely in 22nd (55.07).

Senior Cam Fox led the way in the meet’s two events, taking 11th in the 110-meter (16.81) before springing back for 31st in the 300-meter hurdles (47.08).

Rounding out the meet for the Tigers, freshman Luke Saville placed eighth overall in the with a best jump of 5 feet, 10 inches, and Archambault used his athleticism to place eighth in the long jump with a best mark of 19 feet, 7 inches.

The Summit boys track and field team tied for 25th overall with a total of eight points. Fort Collins High School won the meet with 89 points while meet hosts Rocky Mountain High School took second with 61 points.

Summit will now prepare for another competitive Front Range meet on Saturday, March 30, when it travels to Niwot for the Niwot Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.





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