Olson, Hirons claim victory in Fenceline run
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Glenwood Springs Middle School seventh-grader Gain Olson finished first by a wide margin, and GSMS eighth-grader Claudia Hirons won by a comfortable margin in the annual All-Star Fenceline Run on Wednesday morning.
Olson won the event in 1 minute, 46.4 seconds. It was more than eight seconds faster than the second-place time of eighth-grader Bryan Palacios, who finished in 1:54.60.
As for Hirons, she took first in the girls race in 1:58.40, which was just a little more than five seconds faster than Sarah Helm’s time of 2:03.70. The seventh-grader Helm was a third-place finisher in last year’s race, and this year’s time was almost five seconds faster than the time she posted last year (2:08.50).
Despite the times, they weren’t good enough to set any records for middle distance event. Melissa Buchanan still holds the girls record of 1:52.70 from 2005. Sergio Flores set the boys record last year, winning the event in 1:36.10.
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 15 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.
Hirons’ time was good enough for the third-best Fenceline run by a female ever. The second best was Abbey Walters, whose time of 1:56.0 in the fall of 2000 set the female Fenceline record until Buchanan broke it five years later.
Other finishers from Wednesday’s race included Aiden Franomb (third place, 1:55.10), Erwin Rodriguez (fourth, 1:55.40), Jacob Barsness (fifth, 1:57.40) and Dylan Lee (sixth, 1:58.10). On the girls side, finishers included third-place Julia Mulhall (2:10.80), fourth-place Jenna Golden (2:23.70), fifth-place Drew Cox (2:27.50), and sixth-place Crickit Larson (2:32.30.)
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