Glenwood’s Brown golden at State Games of America |

Glenwood’s Brown golden at State Games of America

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent file

Allison Brown’s third State Games of America proved to be a charm.

The junior-to-be at Glenwood Springs High School took home three track and field medals from the Olympic-style, multi-sport event in Colorado Springs.

Against national competition, no less.

Brown, a two-time high school track and field state qualifier and sprint specialist, won the female 15-16 200 (28.12 seconds) and 400-meter dash (1:03.09) and placed second in the 100 (13.92). It was her best showing at the State Games in three trips.

A summer spent training paid clearly dividends for Brown.

“You know, I think it’s just that I kept up my fitness all summer,” she said. “In the past, I guess, I never really kept going through the summer. I just stopped after track season. I kept working out a little bit, and this was another workout.

“It’s just for fun and to see where I was. I was really happy with the results.”

Part of that training, interestingly enough, came while on vacation. While visiting family in Illinois, Brown would regularly attend an adult boot camp with her aunt.

“They’d just run us maybe a mile,” Brown relayed. “Then we’d do push-ups, situps, jumping jacks and circuits, and maybe some more sprints. It was just an hour full of boot camp. It definitely worked on your lung capacity and endurance.”

Brown would also find time for long jogs, ones she found especially enjoyable.

“It’s amazing how far you can run out there, with the low elevation,” she joked.

And Brown hopes she can parlay her fitness-filled summer into a bigger prize come next spring’s high school track and field season.

“I definitely want to go to state again,” said Brown, whose two state meet appearances were with relay teams. “Hopefully this year I’ll be looking for an individual state appearance. And maybe one of our relay teams can win state. That’d be great. I’m working for state, training for May.”

Incoming Glenwood Springs High School freshman Rachel Orosz also had a productive track and field go-of-it at the State Games, tossing her way to first place in the female 13-14 discus (23.63 meters) and to third place in the shot put (9.96). She also placed third in the 100 hurdles (18.73).

Several Ministry of Defense martial artists came away from Colorado Springs with medals around their necks.

Matthew and Rachel Cook each earned silver medals in Kumite (fighting) and bronze in Kata (forms), while Sherry Cook and Krista Tunstal both took home a bronze in Kumite. Instructor Brendon Bolton, a six-time Montana state champion, secured gold in the Black Belt Kumite division.

By virtue of their performances, the Ministry of Defense bunch all earned an invitation to the 2011 National Games of America in California.

The Ministry of Defense studio is located in Glenwood Springs.

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