Loneliness in races no bother for Selsor
Katrina Selsor runs alone. The Glenwood sophomore started with the pack, but when she hit the two-mile mark in Saturday’s Demon Invitational cross country 5K meet, she was alone. When she crossed the bridge to enter the final leg of the race at Two Rivers Park, she was still by herself. When she crossed the finish line, surrounded by fans cheering ‘Tini, Tini, Tini,’ she was still running on her own.
Eighteen seconds ahead of the next runner, Selsor took the girls title with at time of 20 minutes and 5 seconds.”It felt great out there. The weather is great,” Selsor said. “I started to break away from everyone at the lacrosse field (behind Glenwood High School). There is a downhill there.”Selsor said after running on the home course, which started at Two Rivers, wound along the Roaring Fork River on the River Trail past Glenwood High School, turned around by the dog park, came back down the River Trail and back to Two Rivers, all week she had previously planned on using that downhill to her advantage and marked it as a point to pull away. It worked out well for Selsor, who was excited about another feature of the face outside of winning it.”We already knew the course, so we didn’t have to get here as early,” she said.
Selsor’s win was the only top-10 finish by any area runner. In a field of 11 teams, four of which were Class 5A, the 4A Glenwood girls took second overall with 71 points. Heritage, who placed four girls in the top 10, took the girls team title for the second straight year with 40 points. Rock Canyon came in third with 91 points.Demon Melissa Buchanan and Rifle’s Holly Keeper tied for 11th, sharing a time of 21:16.3. Glenwood runners Angie Shepard and Sharaya Selsor placed 17th and 19th respectively with times of 21:35 and 21:43. Grand Valley’s lone participant, Matraisa Beecraft, placed 29th in 22:29. Coal Ridge’s only girl, Leah Perry, finished 56th with a 31:44 mark.Rock Canyon took first in the boys race, tallying up 48 points. Heritage came in second, led by boys winner Alex Lundy, who sped through the course in 16:55.”It’s impressive for anyone to finish under 17 minutes on this course,” said former Glenwood coach Joe Mollica, who presented the awards at the conclusion of the race.
Montrose finished third with 70 points.Coal Ridge’s DaLin Murphy recorded the fastest area mark for the boys, placing fifth with a time of 17:48. Murphy was also the only area finisher in the top 10.”It was a good race. I don’t really like flat courses (like Glenwood’s), but this is my best finish of the year.”Titan teammate Thomas Simmons, who was the second-highest area finisher, placing 23rd with a 19:07 mark, said he enjoyed Glenwood’s course.
“I always like running in Glenwood,” he said. “I grew up here, and it is just a great place to be.” Ryan Ward was the fastest Demon for the boys, clocking in at 19:12 for 26th place. Kellen Fockler, Justin Davis and Ryan Yost finished 31st, 38th and 39th respectively as Glenwood took seventh place. Rifle’s Dustin Ross finished as the quickest Bear, taking 51st with a time of 20:15.Other team scores were not available.
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