Hejtmanek wins Sequoia Glen 5K
On a warm and sunny early spring morning, New Castle’s Josh Hejtmanek was able to hold off Glenwood Middle School 7th grade phenom Reid Swanson to capture the 18th running of the Kenny Cline Memorial Sequoia Glen 5k Run.
Leading the field of 61 runners and walkers, Hejtmanek recorded a fast time of 21 minutes, 42 seconds on the hilly Sequoia Glen course, which takes runners above the Glenwood Fish Hatchery from the start on Donegan Road in West Glenwood Springs. Swanson’s time was 22:04, with Zach Robinson placing third overall with a time of 22:58. Reid’s younger brother Benny, a fourth grader at Glenwood Elementary, was fourth overall at 24:17.
Coming in 12th overall, and winning the women’s division of the race was Brandi Smythe, also of New Castle. Smythe came to the finish line at 31:32. She was followed by Kelly Sarno of Glenwood (31:38) and Laura Bahr of Glenwood (32:06).
Sequoia Glen, which serves as a benefit for several local animal shelters, was the first race in the annual Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series. Next up is the Grand River Gallop 5k on Saturday, April 1 in Rifle. The Gallop is a benefit for the Garfield County Meals on Wheels program.
Top Twenty Runners Overall * Denotes Female 1. Josh Hejtmanek, 21:42; 2. Reid Swanson, 22:04; 3. Zach Robinson, 22:58; 4. Benny Swanson, 24:17; 5. Russel Bollig, 25:49; 6. James Edwards, 26:05; 7. Josh Nye, 27:21; 8. Candelario DeLuera, 27:26; 9. C.J. Alberts, 28:34; 10. Eric Gardey, 29:51; 11. Charlie Marley, 31:25; 12. Brandi Smythe*, 31:32; 13. Kelly Sarno*, 31:38; 14. Laura Bahr*, 32:06; 15. Dana Wood*, 32:10; 16. Steve Fuller, 32:11; 17. Calvin Swanson, 33:09; 18. Warren Swanson, 33:10; 19. Cater Coon, 33:21; 20. Beth Mexted*, 33:23.
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