Gera, McGraw win Glenwood Middle School’s Fenceline Run |

Gera, McGraw win Glenwood Middle School’s Fenceline Run

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Corey Gera has come up short twice in two All-Star Fenceline photo finishes in the past, winding up with second place.Not on Wednesday, however, as Gera finally crossed the finish line first to win the biannual race at Glenwood Springs Middle School.About a third of the way through the race, Gera and fellow eighth-grader Madi Goodstein took the lead, running side by side.”We started out at the end, then went to the middle and then at the corner we got in the front,” Gera said of the pair. Then as the duo came sprinting down the final stretch, Gera managed to cross the line first with a time of 2 minutes and 3 seconds, two tenths of a second ahead of Goodstein. The two really weren’t concerned about winning, only finishing. Goodstein admitted to wanting to stop and yelling, “I can’t do it,” during the long sprint, but Gera reassured her.”I was yelling at her to keep going,” Gera said.Blake Risner, a GSMS physical education teacher and track and field coach at Glenwood Springs High School, organizes the race and was impressed with Gera and Goodstein’s effort. “They both put it out there,” Risner said. “Awesome job, girls.”Michael McGraw won the boys race by a wider margin, not needing a photo finish. The eighth grader finished the loop, which has been run since 1996 as an alternative to the traditional mile run at GSMS, in 1:50.5. Two more eighth graders rounded out the top three, with Ian Edquist finishing second with a time of 1:52.5 and Levi Fetterhoff taking third with a 1:54 mark. Michaela Mansfield, an eighth-grader, placed third in the girls race with a time of 2:08.2.Former Fenceline runners Ryan Buchanan and Kellen Fockler, who are now members of the Glenwood Springs cross country team, came back to pace the boys and finished first and second, respectively.

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