Mattingly tops field of 40 at Sequoia Glen 5K race |

Mattingly tops field of 40 at Sequoia Glen 5K race

Mike VidakovichGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Kelley Mattingly wasn’t even sure that she would run in Saturday’s Sequoia Glen 5K. After all, the regional-class mountain biker had just completed a two-hour trail ride that morning. The extra workout didn’t seem to affect her as she led the race from start to finish and bested the field of 40 participants with a time of 25 minutes and 45 seconds on the hilly West Glenwood course.”It was great. A lot of fun,” said Mattingly, who teaches kindergarten at St. Stephen’s School. “It was just nice to be outside on such a beautiful day.”The runner-up and first male finisher was Johnny Utah from Wounded Knee, S. D. Utah recorded a time of 25:51. He was followed by Carbondale’s Brad Palmer with a time of 26:06. Joshua Cullen of Glenwood came in at 27:05 to round out the top male finishers.

Last year’s female winner, Andrea Sprung, came in second to Mattingly this year. Sprung, who teaches sixth grade at Glenwood Middle School, had the leader in her sights early on in the race but could never quite make up ground.”I couldn’t stay with her, but I tried my best,” said Sprung who clocked in at 27:51. The third female finisher was Glenwood’s Nancy Risner, who crossed the line with a time of 31:22.The race, which is a benefit for the library at St. Stephen’s School, drew a record field of 40 participants on a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon.Following the race, Glenwood’s Paul Driskill was awarded an honorary gold medallion for his longtime dedication to the sport of running.

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