Tiernan, Messner-Vickers charge to wins at Stampede
BASALT – Basalt High School senior Brennan Roper wasn’t disappointed with his time at Saturday’s Longhorn Stampede 5K run, but he is confident that as the upcoming cross country season nears, faster times are ahead.”I didn’t feel like I was going that fast today,” said Roper, who stopped the clock at a very swift 18 minutes and 17 seconds, which placed him third overall in the 34 runner field. “The times will get better as the season goes on.”Lady Longhorn sophomore Chiara Del Piccolo also was focused and anticipating the cross country team’s first meet this coming Friday at the Holy Family Invitational in Denver.”Should be fun. I’m pretty excited,” said Del Piccolo, who was the third overall female across the line with a time of 21:08.As for the particulars, the usual suspects galloped home to the winner’s circle as Aspen’s Zeke Tiernan, fresh off a victory at last weekend’s Basalt Half Marathon, won the men’s race with a time of 17:23. Carbondale’s national-class runner Carrie Messner-Vickers stole the show among the women with a quick 17:48.The old adage that all men are created equal-except the great ones, was apparent when after the race, at the prodding of a friend nearby, Tiernan reluctantly admitted to running a 28-mile mountain loop on Friday – not exactly what you would call ideal pre-race preparation for most.Vickers showed her lack of fatigue by already planning her evening “shakeout” run, which, she said, “gets the lactic acid out of the legs.”Jerry Howell ran an 18:56 to occupy the final spot on the men’s podium, and Basalt Half Marathon Champion Megan Lund posted 19 minutes even for a runner-up finish to Vickers.Many familiar faces turned out for the 3.1 mile run, which is a fundraiser for the Basalt High School cross country team.Glenwood’s Mark Feinsinger, who hasn’t missed many races in the valley this year, says he not only enjoys running, but also helping out the many charitable organizations that the events benefit.”I enjoy supporting the different organizations in the valley,” said Feinsinger, who is getting ready for one of his favorite runs, September’s Golden Leaf Half Marathon, which is run on trails from Snowmass to downtown Aspen. “Every little bit helps.”Longtime locals Warren Ohlrich, Greg Feinsinger, Stephen Triebel, and Paul Driskill were also on hand to support the cause.Driskill, along with his wife of 48 years, Jeannie, has been a staple at running events throughout the Roaring Fork Valley since the late 1970s.When asked how many area races he has done this year, Driskill, with an engaging smile, responded, “All of them.”
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