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Carrillo, Brown fastest around the fenceline for Glenwood Middle School

Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Jesus Carrillo and Jenna Brown fronted the pack at Thursday’s All-Star Fenceline Run, a biannual tradition at Glenwood Springs Middle School.

Carrillo clocked in at 1 minute, 47.6 seconds to win the 600-meter race’s boys title, while Brown’s 2:02.1 time earned her the girls crown. Carrillo’s mark placed him seventh all-time. Brown’s landed her eighth all-time.

“Great efforts,” said GSMS P.E. teacher Blake Risner, also Glenwood Springs High School’s head track and field coach. “I look forward to having many of these kids run for the Demon track program next year.”

Second-place finisher Brandon Martinez (1:52.2) and third-place Vinson Marr (1:53.5) rounded out the boys’ top three.

Lolita Gregory (2:07.1) finished second among the girls. Hannah Grumley nabbed third (2:08.9).

The race’s history

GSMS’s biannual race routes young runners 600 meters around the school’s playing fields ” following the fenceline.

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.

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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