Rawlins distance runner Sydney Thorvaldson continued her assault on the record books over the weekend.
The senior won the Heritage Distance Classic in Littleton, Colorado, on Saturday with a time of 16 minutes, 19 seconds to set a new course record in the 5,000-meter race. Thorvaldson finished 47 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Thorvaldson's time in the 5k is the fastest for a high school girl in the nation this year.
A five-time Wyoming Gatorade Athlete of the Year (three in cross country, two in track), Thorvaldson set the standard at the Liberty Bell Invitational in Littleton last year with a time of 16:440.0. She also set the records in the 3,200 at the prestigious Simplot Games (10:06.58) this past spring and at the Nike Cross Regional (16:50.6) in Boise, Idaho, last November.
Thorvaldson, who has yet to lose a race on Wyoming soil, is the state record holder on two courses -- running a 17:34.68 at the Sheridan Veterans Administration Hospital grounds in 2018 and a 17:32.69 at the Valley View Golf Course last year in Afton. This year's Class 3A meet is scheduled for Oct. 24 in Afton.
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