Salmen’s comeback warrants student-athlete spotlight kudos |

Salmen’s comeback warrants student-athlete spotlight kudos

G. Sean Kelly

It’s been a short season for Glenwood Springs harrier Marco Salmen, but he’s certainly making to most of his time.

Salmen, this week’s Glenwood Springs High School student-athlete spotlight, was expected to enter the year as the Demons’ No. 1 runner. However, a stress fracture in his left tibia kept him out of his senior season’s first five meets.

He was still able to train, but there was no running allowed for over five weeks.

“Just no pounding for almost six weeks,” Salmen said. “I was certainly able to work out in the pool and I had a bunch of different activities that kept up the cardio.

“The first couple of weeks weren’t so bad,” he continued. “I was getting into the cross-training. But, as it wore on, I got more and more anxious. It got harder to get into the pool when the rest of the team was out training.”

Salmen made his return for the Demon Invitational meet three weeks ago. While he wasn’t at 100 percent, Salmen helped Glenwood defend its title at their home meet. After another meet in Aspen, Salmen hit his stride in Palisade on Oct. 11 with a second-place finish.

Last weekend at the regional meet, on the same Palisade course, Salmen cut 10 seconds of his time and finished third with a time of 16 minutes, 31 seconds. He came back from behind the leaders to miss second place by 6-tenths of a second.

“It wasn’t my intention to let those guys get as far out as they did,” Salmen said. “When I realized they were that far out I had to start my kick a little sooner. It made it hurt.”

With one meet left in his high school cross country career – the Class 4A State Meet at Kent Denver – Salmen would love to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish. He clocked at 16:36 last year – just 4 seconds behind his brother, Chas, who currently runs for Duke University’s cross country team.

Salmen admits the competition may be tougher this year than last, but he hopes to shave 20 seconds off last year’s time and finish in the top 10.

Regardless of his finish at state Salmen believes he’ll have plenty of memories to look back on after Saturday’s meet – even with the shortened senior season.

“It’s been a great experience for me training with coach (Joe) Mollica and the team this year and the past four years,” Salmen said. “It’s been one of my favorite experiences in high school. The entertainment and fun we had is going to be something I will certainly miss when I have to move on.”

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