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Springers want you to step up

Jeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – By holding its first community meet in two summers, the Glenwood Springers youth track club is taking a big step toward re-establishing itself.Glenwood went without the Springers, pretty much the lone local outlet for young athletes to compete in summer track and field, the last two summers. Construction at Glenwood Springs High School left the Springers facility-less last summer, and Blake Risner’s resignation after 10 years as the Springers’ coach put the program on hiatus the previous summer.This year, under first-year head coach Crystal Garrison and longtime assistant coach Mike Kishimoto, the Springers are running strong with roughly 40 members ranging in age from 8 to 18.But that age range won’t apply to Friday’s meet, which is open to participants of all ages and abilities. “It’s really important to have the community come out,” Garrison said, “or we’d be competing against ourselves.”With most meets in the state happening over on the Front Range, the Springers haven’t had many chances for competition this summer, although they did attend the state Junior Olympics in Aurora last month.The community meet, which features a full slate of events (sprints, distance events, hurdles, relays, select field events) is more than a chance to compete, though. It’s also an opportunity to raise funds for a program that’s hoping to restock its coffers.”We’re trying to build it up,” Garrison said. “The biggest thing is for travel. We’d like to be able to help parents and coaches with gas getting the kids to meet.”Garrison isn’t quite sure how many competitors to expect at Friday’s meet, figuring there’d be a number of last-minute registrants.Whatever the number, the Springers are just happy to at last have a home meet.”It’s good for the people who couldn’t travel [to the other summer meet],” said Springer Jolie Dubois. “It’s good to see the community out here.”

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