Aim-high challenge produces state champs
The Summit’s track program fielded just 15 participants in 2006 and now has more than quadrupled in size, making it one of the school’s mostly robust spring sports.
With 17 events, and disciplines from the long jump to sprints, there’s something for everyone. The positive reinforcement provided by coaches adds to The Summit’s family-like atmosphere, and the goals for each student-athlete are to build self-confidence, challenge physical boundaries and strive for success.
The girls’ team won its first Miami Valley Conference title in 2012 and repeated the feat in 2016 en route to a district title. The boys’ team won a league championship in 2014 and has also had success at districts.
What makes The Summit’s track program unique is that the school does not have a track. Practices are conducted on Williams Field or at the Athletic Complex on Ehrling Road, where a pole vault pit and long jump pit have been installed. The Silver Knights and Lady Knights practice at Walnut Hills High School once a week if possible to take advantage of a true track setting.
Lack of a track hasn’t stopped student-athletes from excelling. Mason Moore was a two-time Division III state champion in the 1,600-meter run (2014, 2015) and Colin Cotton won a Cross Country title in 2010 and a 3,200-meter title in 2011. In 2016, the boys’ 4x800 relay team (Tullus Dean ’18, Beau Poston, Conrad Coldiron, Scott Kinross, Elijah Weaver and Lundy Wright) finished 11th at state.
Members of the boys’ and girls’ teams have earned numerous individual honors at the regional and district levels.
Multiple student-athletes have gone on to compete collegiately, from Mason Moore, Xavier University; Colin Cotton, Williams College and the University of Cincinnati; and Grady Stuckman ’16, Franciscan University. Others have committed to future college programs in Cincinnati and beyond.
Kim Horning assumed head coaching duties in 2015 after four years as a Summit assistant. Named the 2016 MVC girls’ track coach of the year, Coach Horning has worked with cross country and indoor track coach Kurtis Smith and other assistants to engineer The Summit’s program.
Coach Horning ran track at Miami University from 2003-07 and competed in the 400-meter run, 4x400-meter relay, long jump and triple jump. She qualified for the state track meet all four years at Granville High School and in 2002 won state championships in the long jump and 4x100-meter relay. A soccer player and accomplished swimmer, she was named The Columbus Dispatch’s Division II female athlete of the year in 2002. Coach Horning is a Granville Athletic Hall of Fame inductee. She works professionally as a criminalist with the Cincinnati Police Department.