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Carbondale resident Carrie Messner-Vickers finished in fourth place at this weekend’s U.S. 5K National Championships, held on the roads of Providence, R.I.Crossing the line in 15 minutes, 57.4 seconds, Messner-Vickers improved her time at last year’s version of the race by 30 seconds and seven places.Messner-Vickers has competed in the last five U.S.A. Track and Field National Championships, where she specialized in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. This season marks her first of focusing more on road racing, as opposed to track.Two weeks ago, Messner-Vickers competed at the Minnesota Mile-Duluth, covering the one-mile distance over a rain-soaked course in a first-place time of 4:43.Messner-Vickers will be traveling to Akron, Ohio, this weekend for the U.S. 8K National Championships.

The Glenwood Ice U18 girls soccer team stayed unbeaten with an 8-0 win on the road against the Craig Storm. After a half-hour delay to allow a thunderstorm to pass through, the players took to the field, and Glenwood wasted no time showing its dominance. Two minutes into the game, Jackie Argueta scored the Ice’s first goal.Three minutes later, Meg Waibel scored off a cross kick by Sarah Treese. Argueta then rushed the goal for another point. Waibel took the ball up the left side for a fourth goal. The half ended with Josi Pearson’s long kick finding the back of the net.The weather turned wet again in the second half, but Glenwood continued to score when Allie Rippy shot one in. Then, Danielle Turley, on break from playing keeper, got her first goal of the season. As if to make a final point, Hope Whitman scored on a foul kick with three minutes left on the clock.The Ice now stand at 3-0-0 for the season. Glenwood’s Sunday game against Silt was postponed and its next scheduled game is next Saturday against Carbondale Comets at River Valley Ranch.

The Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association (GSYHA) is taking registrations for 2008-09 season at http://www.etamz.com/gsyha. Fees for boys and girls 5-8 years old range from $150 to $250. GSYHA provides area youths in the Roaring Fork Valley to participate in recreational and competitive hockey programs.



Runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy on Sept. 27. A half-marathon (13.1-mile) run and relay race and 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk will take place on the bike path in scenic Glenwood Canyon east of Glenwood Springs.The half marathon begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K starts at 10. Buses will take participants from the finish line at the No Name exit of Glenwood Canyon to the race starting points. Relay teams of up to five people are welcome to participate in the half marathon. Team sponsorships by companies, service clubs or other organizations are encouraged.The race entry fee includes a long-sleeved T-shirt.Online registration is available at http://www.active.com. Or, for a race form or further information, contact Dennis Webb at 876-0768, or by e-mail at djwebb@sopris.net.


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