College runner steals show at Shortcut
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Hope Krause just finished a cross-country trip from the east coast, but she showed no signs of fatigue at Sunday’s Strawberry Shortcut.
Cruising across the finish line in 38 minutes, 55 seconds, the Boston College runner won the women’s 10K title and finished sixth overall at the annual Glenwood Springs foot race, a Strawberry Days staple.
Krause, who just wrapped up her undergraduate work at the Massachusetts school, is about to start a teaching fellowship at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale.
“This is my first time stepping foot in Glenwood Springs. I’ve only been here for five days,” she relayed. “I drove out cross-country with my boyfriend, and this is my final destination.”
It wasn’t until this past school year that Krause, previously a club lacrosse player for the Eagles, found her way onto the cross country and track and field teams at Boston College.
She had always dabbled in running, but decided to walk on her senior year – and immediately impressed.
And Krause isn’t done running at Boston College. She still has three years of eligibility remaining, though she’s only planning to compete for one more year as she finishes up a graduate program in education.
Her fellowship and a summer spent training at altitude will no doubt help on both the scholastic and athletic fronts.
“It’s really exciting to get out to altitude and train,” said Krause, a native of New Canaan, Conn. “And I’ll kind of mix it up with hiking and other sports, too.”
Krause wasn’t the only collegiate runner in action on Sunday. University of Tulsa freshman-to-be Brandi Krieg, a recent Grand Valley High School graduate, placed second in the women’s standings. Krieg clocked in at 40:06.
Marie Voss-Patterson rounded out the top three (40:53).
Familiar face win men’s 10K title
After winning the previous night’s La Sportiva Summer Solstice Twilight Trail Run in Beaver Creek, Bernie Boettcher should have been tired.
The 48-year-old distance phenom awoke Sunday morning with pep in his step, trotting to the Strawberry Shortcut’s 10K crown.
The elevation-heavy course at Beaver Creek seemed to have little effect on Boettcher, who clocked in at in 34:51 in Glenwood on Sunday.
“I felt pretty good this morning,” he said. “It was surprising. It’s nice to have that double win.”
Though Boettcher’s run more Shortcuts than he can remember, a win at the Glenwood race is always special.
“I love winning this race,” he said. “It’s the hometown race.”
Boettcher went on to finish fourth in the 5K (17:43). He did admit to a little fatigue in that one.
“The 5K – man, that was brutal,” he said with a big laugh.
Finishing behind Boettcher in the 10K were Josh Hejtmanek (35:32) in second and Glenwood Springs High School graduate Kellen Fockler (37:32). Fockler now runs at Metro State College in Denver.
Spence, Miner win 5K titles
Fans of Glenwood Springs High School athletics caught a glimpse of what’s to come in the Shortcut’s 5K race.
Freshman-to-be Madi Spence stormed away with a win in 20:59. She finished just ahead of future high school teammate Jenna Brown (21:15) and Sarah Treese (21:31).
Spence has been running the Shortcut as far back as she can remember.
“I love to run,” she said.
Spence’s dad, Chris, is an avid runner. Madi followed suit.
“He taught me how to run,” she said.
Spence said she’ll run for both Glenwood’s cross country and track and field teams during the upcoming school year.
On the men’s side, Dewayne Miner took home 5K gold.
Miner, who’s from Hoover, Ala., finished in 16:27. Rifle High School graduate Dustin Ross, who now runs at Augusta State University in Georgia, finished second (17:08) and Kory Skattum took third (17:37).
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