Weller, Spence victorious in All-Star Fenceline Run
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Twenty-three middle-schoolers – 14 boys and nine girls – challenged their lungs at Wednesday’s All-Star Fenceline Run, a Glenwood Springs Middle School tradition.
Eighth-graders Kaden Weller and Madi Spence won their respective races around the playing fields at GSMS. Weller won the boys race in 1 minute, 45.4 seconds, while Spence took the girls race in 2:03.5.
Glenwood Springs High School sibling track and field standouts Andrew and Michaela Mansfield served as “rabbits” for the middle-schoolers to chase. The Mansfields’ fast pace and the close competition helped most of the runners to their fastest times ever.
Weller passed the pre-race favorite, Carlos Muro, to secure his victory. Weller’s time was more than 20 seconds faster than his previous best and ranks as the fifth-fastest time ever run.
Muro, an eighth-grader, finished second in 1:50. Nick Vigil, also an eighth-grader, finished third (1:56.4).
Spence is a veteran of the All-Star Fenceline Run. She placed second in 2008’s fall race with a time of 2:15.7 and second in 2009’s fall race by clocking in at 2:06.8. Her Wednesday time of 2:03.5 narrowly missed the all-time top-10 list.
Cheyenne Beightel, a seventh-grader, finished second (2:14.9), with Kathya Gonzalez, an eighth-grader, nabbing third (2:24.1).
The All-Star Fenceline Run originated in 1999 and has been going strong ever since, though its roots can be traced back a few years earlier when GSMS P.E. teacher Frank Miller suggested students run one lap around the playing fields as means of assessing their cardiovascular fitness.
It wasn’t long before this became competitive.
P.E. teacher Blake Risner started posting top-10 lists for his boys and girls and other teachers followed suit.
Soon enough, students began to wonder how they’d compare to students from the other P.E. classes. So, the GSMS P.E. teachers decided to allow all of the kids on the top-10 lists to have one big race against each other. It was decided that this all-star race would happen at the end of every school year.
The event’s popularity eventually necessitated the addition of a second race at the end of the fall grading period.
And things have continued virtually unchanged from there.
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