Top-10 finish for Demons’ Mansfield |

Top-10 finish for Demons’ Mansfield

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Mike Schneiter contributed photoGlenwood Springs junior Andrew Mansfield, second from right, runs with the lead pack at the state cross country meet in Aurora on Saturday.

Glenwood Springs junior Andrew Mansfield didn’t look all that pleased as he took the podium.

“I’ll take that medal from you if you don’t want it,” joked his coach, Mike Schneiter.

Then it all started to sink in for Mansfield, whose ninth-place finish in the 4A boys race at Saturday’s state cross country meet in Aurora is nothing to scoff at.

“I think that’s when he started to get it,” Schneiter said. “It’s good that he’s hungry to run faster. … It’s the highest finish in a long time for Glenwood. You have to be proud of that.”

Mansfield crossed the line in 16 minutes, 44 seconds at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. His top-10 finish is the first by a Glenwood Springs runner since brothers Chas and Marco Salmen finished third and fourth, respectively, back in 2001.

Mansfield’s high finish helped the Demons to a 13th-place showing in the boys team standings.

Sophomore Vinson Marr finished 42nd (17:38), Ryan Buchanan 75th (17:59), Ian Edquist 97th (18:17), Colton Witherell (164th, 19:18), Wyatt Till 179th (19:44) and Mike Sandoval 191st (20:46).

“Thirteenth is certainly better than what a lot of teams did this year,” Schneiter said. “It’s definitely still a good finish.”

Glenwood’s girls, who qualified for state as a team for the seventh straight year, were led by freshman Jenna Brown, who took 33rd in her state debut. She finished the 3.1-mile course in 20:39. Junior McKenzie Hill was right behind her in 38th (20:45).

Cari Barber (152nd, 23:07), Lily Thorsen (157th, 23:18), Michelle Thrun (158th, 23:20), Tess Ebert (161st, 23:27) and Rebecca Carcaterra (171st, 24:07) also represented the Demons at state.

Glenwood took 23rd in the girls team standings.

“Overall, I’m happy with the season,” Schneiter said. “Granted, we would have loved to finish higher at state, but everybody was trying to run their best race. It’s so competitive at that level. We were excited to be there and do what we’ve done this year. … The kids are already talking about next year.”

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