Pack mentality pays off for Glenwood
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
SPRING VALLEY, Colorado – McKenzie Hill, Jenna Brown and Lily Thorsen have found that there is indeed strength in numbers.
Never straying far from one another, the Glenwood Springs cross country trio experienced their greatest collective success to date on Saturday. With Hill claiming second, Brown third and Thorsen fourth at their very own Glenwood Springs Invitational, the Demons nabbed second place in the girls team standings.
“I know they’re all working together and pushing each other,” Demons coach Mike Schneiter said. “They’re definitely taking advantage of that and running really well together.”
The three all finished within 20 seconds of each other. Hill, a junior, clocked in at 20 minutes, 22 seconds. Brown, a freshman, timed in at 20:24 and Thorsen, a sophomore, crossed the line in 20:42.
Employing a pack mentality provides quite the boost for the Glenwood trio.
“It helps us so much,” Hill said. “We like to run together. It helps us, since we have the same pace. We can just push each other and do better.”
Finishing ahead of the Glenwood crowd was Durango’s Karli Foreman, who built a broad cushion for herself by race’s end and finished up in 19:39.
“She was really good,” Hill said. “She was really on it today.”
Circling the soccer fields at Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus, runners had a new Glenwood Invite course to contend with on Saturday. In past years, the Demons held their home meet on the brown, brushy field between Glenwood Springs High School and the Roaring Fork River.
Also finishing high for the Demons on Saturday were Kerri Kellogg (27th, 22:44), Michelle Thrun (30th, 22:53) and Rebecca Carcaterra (33rd, 23:01).
Melessa Starbuck notched Coal Ridge’s top finish, nabbing 15th in 21:25.
Andrew Mansfield loves a challenge, and that’s just what he got on Saturday.
Finishing behind only a pair of Heritage runners, the Glenwood Springs junior wound up third in the boys race at CMC-Spring Valley.
Only Heritage’s Garret Lee (15:59) and Matt Zitzmann (16:04) edged out Mansfield, who clocked a 16:09.
“[Heritage] is ranked third in 5A right now,” Schneiter said. “They’re a classification up from us, so they’re tough and they know how to run.”
Mansfield appreciated the challenge.
“I enjoy it,” he said. “It just pushes you. If they wouldn’t have been here, I don’t think it’d have been as good of a race.”
With a time of 16:19, Basalt’s Conner Roper finished just behind Mansfield in fourth place.
Also finishing in the top 25 for Glenwood were Ryan Buchanan (12th, 17:19), Ian Edquist (21st, 17:49) and Vinson Marr (22nd, 17:54).
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