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Nelson-Buehler powers to fifth in Class 4A shot put

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs junior Kenzie Nelson-Buehler launches the shot put at the state track and field meet in Lakewood on Friday.
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LAKEWOOD, Colorado – Competing against the best brought out the best in Glenwood Springs junior Kenzie Nelson-Buehler.

Setting a personal record with a toss of 39 feet, 4 inches, the multi-sport athlete placed fifth in the Class 4A shot put competition at the state track and field meet in Lakewood on Friday. That mark was roughly two feet better than her previous high.

“I’m happy,” said Nelson-Buehler, who also plays volleyball and basketball for Glenwood. “I wanted top five, and I got fifth. That’s what I wanted.”



Next up for the junior is today’s discus competition.

“I want top five in that, too,” she proclaimed.



Nelson-Buehler’s teammate, sophomore Delaney Gaddis, placed 14th in the long jump on Friday. She covered 15-11 1/2 with her best leap.

On the boys side, seniors Christian Leverson and Andrew Mansfield tackled the 800-meter run.

Leverson placed sixth in 1 minute, 59.50 seconds and Mansfield was eighth in 1:59.58.

“That last lap, I kept thinking, ‘This is the last lap I’ll run in high school track. I might as well give it my all,'” said Mansfield, who will run at Colorado Mesa University next school year. “Once I thought that, I started passing people. I started getting that adrenaline.”

Leverson, who’s headed to the Army after graduation, fed off Mansfield’s energy.

“I saw Andrew come up on me and that’s really what pushed me a lot,” he said. “I thought if he has more, then I should have more, too.”

In other notable Friday happenings on the track, Glenwood’s girls 4×400 relay team advanced to the finals with a 3:59.12 preliminary run. The Demons have won the last two 4A state titles in that event. They’ll take the fourth-best time into today’s final.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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