Fun on the run at Hershey Meet |

Fun on the run at Hershey Meet

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson Kellen Casey, 10, hands off the baton to Kevin Hartmann, 10, during the 4x100 meter relay race in The Glenwood Springs Hershey Track Meet Wednesday afternoon. Their relay team finished first in their heat with a time of 1:02 minutes.

Garrett Brown likes to run. That’s what drew him and more than 30 other kids to Wednesday’s annual Hershey Youth Track Meet at Glenwood Springs High School.The ribbons awarded to each participant were nice, but getting a chance to run, throw and jump with friends was the best part of the meet for Brown and the other young competitors.

“I did this last year and I like track,” Brown said.The meet, conducted by the Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department with help from the Glenwood Springers youth track team, included events for boys and girls ages 9-14. Brown proved his skills by winning two individual events – the 11-12 boys 100-meter dash and the softball throw.

But, when it came to picking up his blue ribbons or being informed he qualified for the state meet in Lakewood, Brown was nowhere to be found.”He had a baseball game to go to,” one of his friends said.

Hershey: see page 17Natalie Whitmore stayed around to pick up her awards.”Some of my friends and parents saw me run and said I was fast and I should do track,” Whitmore said. It’s one of the reasons why she joined the Glenwood Springers track club, but, her main reason was that “It’s just fun.”

And getting a chance to pick where to go to dinner. Whitmore’s mother, Lisa, informed Natalie that if she won an event, she would get to pick where the two would eat after the meet.Natalie responded to the challenge by winning the 11-12 400-meter dash and cashing in her mom’s marker.When asked where they would be dining that night, Natalie responded with one word: “Sonic.”When asked where they would be dining that night, Natalie responded with one word: “Sonic.”

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