Lee, Taylor win Fenceline run
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Eighth graders were the predominant figures in the boys race while younger runners shined brighter during the girls race during the spring 2015 edition of the All-Star Fenceline Run in the back fields at Glenwood Middle School on a rainy and soggy Friday morning.
Out of the Top 10 finishers in the boys race, two of them were seventh graders while the rest are in their final year of middle school. On the girls side, only two of the first 10 finishers were eighth graders, with seventh graders sweeping the top three places.
Glenwood Middle School physical education teacher Blake Risner, who also serves as the high school’s head track and field coach, said the wet and soggy conditions in the fields next to the school took a toll on the stability of the soil, which in turn also took a toll on the top times the students posted.
Winning the boys race was Dylan Lee, an eighth grader at the school who posted a winning time of 1 minute, 49.40 seconds. Earning runner-up honors was eighth grader Luke Gair (1:53.20), with fellow eighth grader Ian Lohman (1:54.70) finishing third. Okko Whittenberg, a seventh grader, was fourth in 1:55.80. Gavin Harden, an eighth grader, was fifth in 1:57.20.
Seventh grader Natalya Taylor crossed the finish line first in the girls race, clocking in at 2:01.90. Behind her was second-place finisher and seventh grader Hadley Yellico (2:05.30), seventh grader Gabby Sparaco (2:14.30), sixth grader Libby Claassen (2:20.10), and eighth grader Baylee Johnson (2:21.70).
Claassen was the only sixth-grade finisher — boys or girls — who managed a Top 5 finish.
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.
Melissa Buchanan still holds the girls record of 1:52.70 from 2005. Sergio Flores set the boys record in 2013, winning in 1:36.10.
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