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Springers canceled again

Joelle Milholm
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” For the second consecutive summer, the Glenwood Springers track and field program has been canceled.

Last year the program was unable to have its season because of a vacancy at the head coaching position after 10-year coach Blake Risner stepped down.

This year, the Springers, a nonprofit organization involving children ages 8-18 throughout the valley, have a coach, but nowhere to run. With the construction at Glenwood High School, the track will be unavailable.

Longtime Springers board member and assistant coach Mike Kishimoto had decided to run the program with the assistance of high school graduates and college kids, but can’t do that without a place to practice.

“We cannot accomplish what we want to accomplish without a track facility,” Kishimoto said.

The Springers won’t be the only ones affected by the construction at the high school as the gym, football field and entire facility will be closed down. Summer training sessions for football, basketball and all of Glenwood High School sports will be relocated to Glenwood Springs Middle School for the summer.

The football team will lift weights and run practices there and the basketball teams will hold open gyms at GSMS, said Steve Cable, athletic director at Glenwood Springs High School.

It will be the second summer in a row the football team has been forced to lift weights off of the Demon campus. In 2006, because of asbestos in the high school, they used the facilities at the Hotel Colorado.

Last summer, Risner and Kishimoto put on a week-long camp for the Springers while the program was on hiatus. With the track closing down on June 9, there was no time for it this summer.

“We talked to Steve Cable and there was just no way to schedule it in,” Kishimoto said. “This week is the only week we could have done it, but school is still in session so that didn’t work.”

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