*** 17th October 2018: Summit ranked Number One in the USA! Scroll down for details, ***
Teaghan, Azza, Stella, Fiona, Ashley, Jasper and Kelsey.
(Taken at the Invitation Cross-Country Meet at Lane Community College on 15th Sept, 2018, by Matthew Lasala)
Jim and Carol McLatchie continue to weave their magic at Summit HS in Oregon. All their cross-country squads continue to do very well with the girls group above being especially outstanding. Furthermore Jim tells us that the same very successful girls are eligible for the same age group next year again. We can look at their last two meets for an indication of just how good they all are.
The headline for the 30th September meeting read: “Girls won Danner Invite and JV championships went 1-5 to perfect score – good day for the girls – boys still on the upswing.”
The Pacific Cross-Country Classic was held at Lents Park on 13th October and Jim’s comments on this one were that Summit ran in the Gold groups where the Girls , and I quote, “Throttled the Opposition with 4 girls running under 18 minutes. He also pointed out that Fiona Max and Stella Skovborg had been under the weather all week. This is the time of year when they start passing germs around. Funny that – it seems to be common wherever young runners are in training: I’ve had runners at various Scottish Universities as well as on Scholarships to the States and it has been a mild problem for many of them. One University coach tells young students that several of them will catch a cold after six weeks – and they do. It’s usually just a stress reaction and not significant but it’s a nuisance for the coach and the team. The thing, as Jim says, is to try to minimise the effect, keep them healthy for (a) the State championships, and (b) the Regional Qualifier for the Nationals. Results:
Girls Varsity Gold, 5000m: Summit 27 points; St Mary’s 146, 21 Teams competing.
2nd Fiona Max 17:28.6; 3rd Teaghan Knox 17:47.3; 6th Kelsey Gripekoven 17:53.6; 7th Isabel Max 17:57.4; 9th Azza Swanson 18:08.7.
The Junior Varsity Girls Gold Group: Summit 3rd (88 points) behind Lincoln (66) and Sunset 67. 17 teams finished.
1st Jorun Downing 10:-8.8; 2nd Ashley Boone 19:10.8; 3rd Ellie Skjersaa 19:21.6; 38th Zoe Villano 21:35.5; 45th Sophia Segesta 21:52.9; 46th Megan Lasala 21:53.1
The Boys were also in the Varsity Gold Group and finished a respectable sixth with 167 points out of 19 teams. Top Summit man was Joseph Sortor in 16:13.3 (27th) followed by Robert Gorman, Nathaniel Henson and Sam Timms. The Junior Varsity Boys were second team (50 points) – closer to winners Sunset (33) than to third team Camas on 80. 16 teams took part. Result:
6th Will Lange 17:08.7; 9th Jaden McCabe 17:11.0; 10th Jackson Keefer 17:11.2; 14th Parker Meredith 17:21,1; 15th Dhruva Sogal 17:21.3.
There’s a lot of talent in Summit now, and it tales talent on the part of the coach to develop it. Jim and Carol deserve credit for how the teams are prepped for competition this season – but no one expected the next step in their progress. This came when MileSplit ranked them Number 1 in the USA. Look at this.
MS50 XC Girls Team Rankings 2018
RANK TEAM LAST RESULT COMMENTS
1 (Up 1 Place) Summit @ Warner Pacific Classic See explanation below
2 (Down 1 Place) Mountain Vista HS @ Continental League Champs See explanation below
25 Schools Ranked.
“Our explanation on flipping Summit (OR) High School over Mountain Vista (CO) at No. 1 and No. 2:
Quite simply, Summit has run much better lately and has shown itself as the best team in the country.
While the Golden Eagles have run well over the last month, they haven’t blown us away just yet and Summit is coming off a spectacular outing this weekend.
The argument for Mountain Vista: The Golden Eagles are coming off another solid win at the Continental Championships on Oct. 10 where they demolished the field with 27 points on an 18:55 average and 60 second spread. On Sept. 21, the team defeated ranked Cherokee Trail and (newly ranked) Battle Mountain in its biggest meet to date. At Liberty Bell, on Sept. 9, the Golden Eagles dispatched ranked Cherokee Trail, Niwot and a fast improving Peak to Peak Charter Team. How about the speed ratings? On Sept. 21, the squad produced: 138-124-121-112-110. On Sep. 9, the scores were: 136-130-129-129-115. Overall, Mountain Vista has beaten more ranked teams within their state.
The argument for Summit (OR): The program hasn’t had a bad race. The Storm’s most recent race on Oct. 13 at the Warner Pacific Classic produced four girls under 18 minutes for 5K and its fifth just under 18:10. Summit defeated the next closest team by 119 points and produced a 17:51 average and 40-second spread. The Nike Portland XC Invite on Sept. 29 was its best effort overall. The team dominated with 38 points and dispatched one of Idaho’s traditional state powers, Eagle High School. The Storm put down an 18:09 average and 53 second spread. Summit also won the North west XC Classic on Sept. 15 and handily defeated No. 8 Jesuit on Sept. 8. Speed ratings for Summit at Nike Portland on Sept. 29: 138-131-124-121-120. While Summit hasn’t raced outside Oregon, it’s beaten a top 10 team and has the firepower right now to compete with anyone.”
That is quite a ranking and, unlike many such lists, the rating body gives good sound reasons for their decision. Well done girls – and well done Jim and Carol McLatchie. As Jim says, though, getting to the top is easier than staying there but then he has shown at State level that he knows a bit about that too: State cross-country titles won down the years since the school was opened in 2001 by the boys were in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and for the Girls in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And that’s not counting their contribution to the School’s many track & field titles either. The teams should get together and present him with a tartan toorie for Christmas!