Sergio Flores sets new record at Glenwood Springs Middle School All-Star Fenceline Run
Post Independent Sports Editor
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Sergio Flores was fast.
He was faster than the rest of the field at the spring running of the All-Star Fenceline Run for the first 200 meters.
He was even faster than everyone else after 400 meters.
And by the time Flores reached the final stretch of the competitive event at Glenwood Springs Middle School, none of his classmates were even close to being as fast.
Neither was anyone else who ran the race before Tuesday, for that matter.
Flores, a GSMS eighth-grader, won the 600-meter, all-terrain race around the middle school playing fields in 1 minute, 36.10 seconds. That was well ahead of the second-place time posted by fellow eighth-grader Riley Prough, who finished in 1:48.20.
Flores, however, set the standard for the race. His time broke the previous record set in 2007 by then eighth-grader Ryan Buchanan, who went on to be a stellar hurdler at Glenwood Springs High School and now competes on the collegiate level at Division II University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Victor Ramirez was third in 1:51.3, with Will Carlson (1:53.6) finishing fourth. The top seventh-grade time was by Axel Garces, who finished in 1:55.4.
On the girls side, the youngsters in the race — the sixth-graders — dominated their older classmates. The top-four finishers in the race were sixth-graders.
The top female finisher was Emily Worline, who posted a winning time of 2:06.9. She was followed by Julia Mulhall (2:07.8), Sarah Helm (2:08.5) and Rosemary Rianoshek (2:08.8). The only eighth-grader who was able to somewhat keep pace with the sixth-graders was Sarah Benson, who finished fifth in 2:12.1.
The run, which the GSMS physical education department uses as a cardiovascular fitness assessment, begins on the third-base side of the baseball field.
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, had back to the original starting line to finish the race.
All total, 42 students at GSMS ran in the race. Another All-Star run is conducted annually in the fall. It has served as the P.E. department’s cardiovascular assessment for the past 14 years.
Flores had the top time coming into the race at 1:46, and he was followed by Marlon Gomez (1:55), Gavin Olson (1:59), Garces (2:01) and Bryan Palacios (2:01). Olson, who has been home sick with a stomach virus, was unable to run in the race.
Helm (2:15) had the best time coming into the race among female competitors. Benson and Mulhall were next at 2:17, with Worline (2:18) and Rianoshek (2:20) following.
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