Seventeen-year-old Katie Kissane displayed the type of running style in winning Sunday's Mountain Madness 10-kilometer race that would leave almost any high school cross-country coach drooling.
Unfortunately for the local running coaches, Kissane only spends her summers in Steamboat the rest of the year she lives in Burlington, Vt., where she runs cross-country and track for the Essex High School track team.
"In track, I'm the second fastest in the 3,200- and 1,600-meter runs," Kissane said. "I was fifth in cross-country last year, but I'm working to move up to second this season."
The school is one of the biggest in Burlington and competes in the largest of the state's divisions. Kissane, who runs year round, said she comes to Steamboat to visit her dad and uses the local running series as a training tool for her high school ambitions.
Kissane, who is now two-for-two in running series races this summer, will only run in one more event this summer. She plans on competing in the Mount Werner Classic in August just before heading back to her home in Vermont.
Kissane ran the fastest time in Sunday's 10K race out and back along river road.
She paced herself with some of the fastest of the male runners and finished with a time of 41 minutes, 15 seconds.
"I tried to keep up front," Kissane said. "I knew the half-marathoners would be further back, so I just tried to stick with some of the faster runners."
Kissane said she knew she was in front of the women's pack for most of the race as she maintained her lead along the deceptive looking course.
"On the way back, you are expecting mostly downhills, because it's pretty hilly on the way out," Kissane said. "But the downhills are hard to find."
Kissane was happy because she was able to trim nearly a minute off of the time she ran in the same race last year. It has her excited about the upcoming cross-country season in Vermont and her chances at moving up the ladder in her senior year of high school. Kissane said she enjoys running in Colorado and is hoping to return to the area next year to attend college.
"Hopefully I can go to CU (the University of Colorado). That's where I really want to go to school," Kissane said.
The race's fastest time was recorded by Eric Sehliemann of Wheat Ridge. he completed the 10K course in a time of 34:32.
Lance Derring won the men's half-marathon race on Sunday with a time of 1:15:28. Giovanna White topped the women's field with a time of 1:38.03.
The next race in the Steamboat running series will be the Mount Werner Classic on Aug. 6. Racers came register before July 30 for the race for $12. The cost goes up to $18 after that date and to $20 the day of the race.
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