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Mansfield silver at home meet

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs senior Andrew Mansfield, center, tackles an uphill stretch at Saturday's Glenwood Springs Cross Country Invitational. He is flanked by Dakota Ridge's Danny Carney, left, and Glenwood cross country coach Mike Schneiter.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Andrew Mansfield had no issue with where he placed at Saturday’s Glenwood Springs Cross Country Invitational. He wasn’t fond of his time, though.

The Glenwood Springs senior finished behind only Dakota Ridge’s Danny Carney, who found another gear about halfway through the 5,000-meter race and cruised to victory. Mansfield clocked in at 17 minutes, 3.25 seconds. Carney’s time: 16:30.1.

“He found another gear,” Mansfield said. “I was stuck going the same gear.”

As was the case with many others in the field, Mansfield’s time wasn’t where he thought it should be. A challenging course at the Colorado Mountain College-Spring Valley soccer fields had a lot to do with it.

“You never can say with a course,” he said. “Your goal is just to run it, whatever it is, but it was tough with all the grass and the almost kind of rolling hills. It definitely slowed down with all the corners. The corners definitely added a bunch of time.”

Regardless, Mansfield more than held his own against a high-caliber field that featured a handful of Class 5A schools. He finished nearly a half minute ahead of the third-place finisher, Heritage’s Matt Zitzmann, who crossed the line in 17:30.5.

Mansfield, who placed ninth in last year’s 4A state meet, battled injury over the summer. A case of Achilles tendinitis kept him from putting in the miles he had hoped to run.

“It’s one of those injuries where you have to take time off to recover,” he said. “I definitely wasn’t running the miles I should have.”

While Mansfield was the only Demon in the top 10 in Saturday’s boys race, he did have a pair of teammates in the top 25. Vinny Marr finished 12th (18:13.32) and Ian Edquist placed 24th (19:03.11) as Glenwood grabbed fifth in the team standings.

Hill paces Demons in girls race

A seventh-place finish wasn’t enough to satisfy Glenwood’s Kenzie Hill.

“I was bummed I didn’t get the place I wanted to,” said the senior, who clocked in a 21:22.23. “I didn’t have the best race of my life. I was shooting for below 20. That’s my goal for like the whole season.”

Still, Hill wasn’t far from the lead pack. Legend’s Madi Roberts won the race in 20:21.78, edging Heritage’s Jenna Pinto by a narrow margin (20:22.2).

The 5A-heavy field provided a challenge that Hill embraced.

“It helps,” she said. “It good. It helps prepare us for better competition.”

Teammates Jenna Brown (18th, 22:25.58) and Madi Spence (25th, 22:41.69) also placed in the top 25. Lily Thorsen ran to 27th place in 22:46.98 as Glenwood’s girls, like the boys, took fifth as a team.

Coal Ridge freshman Mariela Martinez finished 21st (22:34.55).

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