Springers meet produces surprises and fun
The goals at Wednesday’s Glenwood Springers all-comers track meet are as different as the competitors themselves.
Some of the close to 100 competitors who gathered at Glenwood Springs High School’s Stubler Memorial Field came for fun. Others for fellowship. Still more came to test themselves against a stopwatch.
As different as the reasons were, two things were constant.
Every one of the competitors had a good time. And the event raised $1,100 for the Springers track club to purchase equipment, uniforms and other related items.
The prizes, value-wise, were not expensive.
With the exception of the corporate and family relay winners, every other first through third-place finishers received a ribbon for their effort.
But, ribbons and awards weren’t the most important part of the meet. Instead, it was the participants willingness to give something back to the community.
And it turns out everyone got a lot for their money.
Where else, but at an all-comers meet, could you see a pair of ex-high school and current collegiate runners like Chas Salmen and Gus Lundin battle each other in a sprint to the finish line?
That occurred at Wednesday’s meet.
And where else, but at the Springers meet, could you see GSHS runners Sarah Shepard, Lacey Darien, and Jennifer Kishimoto pair up in a distance relay with Caroline Cretti from Roaring Fork High in Carbondale?
Those were just a few of the meet’s surprises.
There were others too. All you needed to do was pick a favorite.
Everett Marr won three 4-to-6 year-old boys events. Jeanna Pearce took home first-place ribbons in the 4-6 girls 50 and 100-meter dashes.
Taryn Pearce, who qualified for the state Hershey track meet, collected wins in the 7-to-10 year-old girls 50 and 400 meters.
Tory Garling blazed to a 5 minute, 26.62 second victory in the boys 11-14 1600 meters. Garling’s time was 66 seconds faster than Ryan Ward, who took second.
Older participants had their moments as well.
Rick Carroll timed in 5:03.06 in the Men’s 30-39 year-old 1600 run.
The only runner with a better 1600 time was Chas Salmen, the Springers co-coach. He finished in 5:00.30.
In the Corporate distance medley relay, the unattached team of Rick Chavez, Roger Brown, Larry Rose and Dennis Webb ran an event-best 13:20.38, defeating Shepard, Kishimoto, Darien and Cretti, who were sponsored by Walters Construction,by 13 seconds.
A complete list of winners from the Springers meet will appear in an upcoming edition of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.
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