All-comers meet fun for all ages
GSPI Sports Editor
There were a couple of tears from the younger competitors and some of the older competitors used some muscles that hadn’t seen action for about a year at Wednesday’s Glenwood Springers all-comers meet.
“It’s good to just get out and open it up and run,” said Matt Wilson, a 2004 Glenwood Springs graduate and current linebacker at Western State Matt Wilson, after winning the adult 100-meter hurdles event.
Wilson, who got nipped at the line in the 100-meter dash by another GSHS grad, Gus Lundin, hadn’t run a competitive race on a track since last year’s Springers meet.
Athletes like Wilson and Lundin were in the middle of the field as far as ages go, however.
Possible future Springer Kristen Spang started feeling a bit alone in the middle of the 4-and-younger 50 meters and drove to the finish line with a tear in her eye, looking for a familiar set of arms. The 3-year-old was the first girl to cross the line in the 50 and regrouped emotionally in time to run in the 100 meters with a smile all the way to the finish.
Twins Hannah and Emily Worline also got their first taste of track competition after watching from the sidelines for the first few years of their lives.
The daughters of Glenwood Springs Recreation Department athletics coordinator Andy Worline and GSHS cross country assistant coach Kim Worline, the twins showed they may have some of that running gene.
“They get to come out to the track at practice, so it’s fun for them to get to come here and do it for the first time,” Kim said.
On the other end of the spectrum was the original Springer, Greg Feinsinger. Feinsinger, 64, started the program about two decades ago and continues to help coach.
He also continues to compete, and was geared up for the 800- and 1,600-meter runs Wednesday.
“I used to do the 100, but after I pulled a couple of muscles…” Feinsinger said of switching to the longer events. “Everybody is here having fun, and that’s what we’re here for.”
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