Mansfield takes sixth at state cross country meet
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Andrew Mansfield’s decorated cross country career hit its peak in his final high school race.
Making a late charge, the Glenwood Springs senior finished sixth in the 4A boys race at Saturday’s state cross country meet in Aurora.
“He was pretty happy with how his high school cross country career ended up,” Demons coach Mike Schneiter said by phone Saturday afternoon.
Mansfield improved three spots on his 2010 state finish. And he did it with a gritty push in the waning stages of the race.
Toward the end of the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds course is a long, challenging climb dubbed “power line.”
“Andrew said he envisioned that the climb was the finish,” Schneiter said. “So he just charged up the hill as hard as he could. We saw him toward the bottom of the hill working really hard and picking off places pretty quickly.”
Schneiter said about 200 or 300 meters of course follow the climb. Mansfield merely tried to hang on with whatever he had left as he polished off a time of 16 minutes, 50.12 seconds.
Mansfield hovered somewhere between 12th and 15th on the second mile of the 3.1-mile course. He then found another gear.
“That [finish] says a lot about Andrew, about what kind of athlete he is,” Schneiter said. “He has that grit. He’s not willing to give up. It’s way cool to see him finish like that.”
Mansfield’s finish landed him all-state honors.
Also running a gritty race for the Demons was Vinny Marr. The junior took 22nd in 17:29.62.
“He ran an awesome race,” Schneiter lauded. “He made a big improvement from last year. He ran a gutsy race. He went out really fast and was close to Andrew at the beginning.”
Senior Ian Edquist crossed next for Glenwood, clocking in at 18:09.72 to place 88th.
Christian Leverson (169th, 19:45.67), Wyatt Till (172nd, 20:05.12), Zach Marshall (182nd, 20:39.87) and Hector Barron (187th, 21:46.12) also completed the race.
As a team, Glenwood’s boys finished 18th.
Coal Ridge’s Mariela Martinez capped a successful freshman campaign with a 45th-place finish in Saturday’s 3A girls race.
Martinez finished in 21:51.21.
Rifle junior Jake Statler ran to 59th place in the 3A boys race. He crossed the line in 18:39.26.
Statler was making his first appearance at the state meet, a place he hopes to return his senior year.
“He’s already talking about his offseason training and what we want to do next year,” Bears coach Josh Keppeler said.
Grand Valley’s Isaiah Martinez placed 60th in the 3A boys race in Aurora. The junior clocked in at 18:39.61.
“He ran a great race,” Cardinals coach Kim Whelan said. “He had some individual goals as far as the athletes he wanted to stay with in the competition. He definitely achieved those goals.”
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