Gonzalez, Helm claim wins at fall All-Star Fenceline Run
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Sebastian Gonzalez outkicked classmate Gavin Olson to win the boys race, and Sarah Helm prevented her classmate from pulling a three-peat during Glenwood Springs Middle School’s fall All-Star Fenceline Run on Wednesday.
Gonzalez — an eighth grader who is nicknamed “Chauno” by his peers — blazed to the third-fastest time in Fenceline Run history with a winning time of 1 minute, 39.3 seconds. Olson, also an eighth grader, will also be in the All-Time Top 10 at No. 6 after his second-place time of 1:43.20.
Olson was the winner of the spring Fenceline Run in 1:46.40. Gonzalez was a winner before him, winning the 2013 fall Fenceline Run in 1:51.70.
Other finishers in the race were eighth grader David Flores (third, 1:50.30), eighth grader Erwin Rodriguez (fourth, 1:50.70), seventh-grader Dimitri Lopez (fifth, 1:51.8) and eighth grader Willy Agular (sixth, 1:55.30).
The run, which takes place twice a year on the fields behind Glenwood Springs Middle School, is a 600-yard run that has served as the physical education department’s cardiovascular assessment for the past 16 years. Runners loop around the red barn above the baseball field, then across the top of the inclined hill on the middle-school playing fields. They then loop back down on the first-base side of the baseball field and, after they turn right behind the home-plate backstop, head back to the original starting line to finish the race.
Helm, an eighth grader, outsprinted Emily Worline to the finish line to win in 1:57.70, with Worline close behind in 1:59.20. Both separated themselves quickly from the field, and their performances both cracked the all-time top 10. Helm’s time is third-best all time, with Worline’s good enough for sixth.
Worline previously won the Fenceline runs in the spring and fall of 2013. Melissa Buchanan still holds the girls record time of 1:52.70 from 2005.
Other finishers included third-place finisher Zoe Harbour (seventh grade, 2:03.50), sixth grader Maya Elias (fourth place, 2:11:10), seventh grader Maddie Mechling (fifth, 2:11.80), and Gracie Wesseling (sixth, 2:14.70).
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