GSMS runners shine in All-Star Fenceline
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Lexie Warkentin had a little extra motivation fueling her legs in Wednesday morning’s All-Star Fenceline Run at Glenwood Springs Middle School.
The eighth-grader not only wanted to end her middle school career on a high note, she also wanted to pay tribute to her brother Kevin, a 2007 Glenwood Springs High School graduate.
“I ran this for my brother. He is in the Navy and going through boot camp and stuff,” Lexie said. “With all the struggles he is going through, I thought I could struggle for him.”
While Warkentin had to crouch down for a few minutes and recover after the semi-annual race, she sure didn’t seem like she was struggling during the event.
She raced ahead of the 10-runner field, grabbing the lead early and continued to build it throughout the race. She finished with a time of 2 minutes, 9.1 seconds, for the 660-yard run.
“I feel wiped out. I ran it full out,” said Warkentin, who also played volleyball and basketball for GSMS. “I started at 90 (percent) and then just full out to 100.”
Warkentin didn’t race last year, but with some prodding from GSMS physical education teacher and All-Star Fenceline Run organizer Blake Risner, returned to the race this year for the first time since sixth grade.
“She stood up to the challenge and took control right from the very beginning and never looked back,” Risner said. “I was real proud of her and impressed by her.”
Over eight seconds after Warkentin crossed the finish line, three girls followed and all three times were separated by less than half a second. Eight grader Sarah Davis placed second (2:17.3), sixth grader Delanie Gaddis was third (2:17.5) and seventh grader Lily Thorsen took fourth (2:17.7).
The boys race was much closer, as Hunter Brown made a strong late push to catch Kevin Hartmann at the finish line. Brown came up a little short (one tenth of a second short) as Hartmann earned his first All-Star Fenceline victory with a time of 1:50.1.
“I think he beat me by one step,” Brown said of Hartmann.
Both eighth-graders are friends who run track and field and play soccer together. The finish was very close, but Hartmann’s victory was confirmed by the camera perched out on the GSMS roof.
Risner has been using the camera since last fall since some races have to be determined by reviewing the film.
“We have had some races that are so close, you just couldn’t tell,” the Glenwood Springs High School head track and field coach said. “It is a big help to sort it out that way and to give everyone accurate times. We are moving into the high-tech era.”
Another eighth-grader, Rigo Garcia, rounded out the top three with a time of 1:55.2.
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