The Paw Print
At Cattails Golf Course on Saturday September 11, Adams State Grizzlies hosted the 17th annual Joe I. Vigil Invitational. Senior Kristen McGlynn shattered the course record as she led the Adams State Grizzly women to a perfect score.
McGlynn broke the previous record of 17:22 set by Kim Bosen 10 years ago, by 21 seconds, finishing with a time of 17:01. McGlynn placed first, defending her win from last season. She improved her time from the 16th annual Joe I. Vigil by 52 seconds.
Sophomore Alicia Nelson was the next finisher for the Grizzlies finishing in second place. Nelson completed the course in a time of 17:39, which was a 30 second improvement from a year ago.
Senior Ashley Quintana was next across the line. Finishing third, Quintana ran a time of 18:14 with a huge improvement of 58 seconds from last season.
Closely behind Quintana was teammate Cassie Mitchell. Mitchell, a senior for the Grizzlies, completed the course in a time of 18:22. Mitchell also improved her time from last year by 48 seconds. Completing the top five was transfer Sarah Lange. Lange ran strong, finishing the course in a time 18:26.
Running unattached for Adams, freshman Kelly Lamb finished sixth place in a time 18:32. Senior Addison LeMaster came in behind Lamb with a time of 18:41, placing her in seventh. Lauren Martin, an unattached freshman for the Grizzlies finished in eighth place in a time of 18:51.
Also competing unattached was freshman Tayler Warren. Warren finished in 11 with a time of 19:09.
Jessie Brunett also an unattached freshman came in 12 with a respectable time of 19:28.
Lindsey Grasmick, a 400-meter hurdler competed for the team, finishing in 26 place in a time of 22:07. Completing the Grizzly team was unattached freshman Mariah Gachupin. Gachupin ran a time of 22:57 placing her 29 overall.
After the race McGlynn was asked how it feels to break the long standing record for the 5,000-meter course at Cattails. McGlynn said, “It is super exciting. I think that the most exciting part of it is that I broke it by so much. The Joe I. Vigil this year was my most exciting running moment at Adams State so far. It was the fist time since high school that I felt that confident about a race. I felt like my old self again. I did a lot of summer training this year and I was extremely consistent with all of my workouts. Adding more mileage to my runs has proved to be a benefit for me.”
“My goal this year is to be top five at the Rocky Mountain Shoot Out in Boulder and top five at the Chile Pepper in Arkansas. I also want to be in the top five individuals at Nationals in Louisville this year,” said McGlynn.
At the Joe I. Vigil last year the average time for a 5,000-meter race was 18:29 for the top 5 women. This year, the women’s team improved this average by 33 seconds recording a 17:56 average.