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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:42

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Lapinski cruises to Pancake victory


By ELLY GRIMM and LARRY PHILLIPS

• Leader & Times



After starting out rather cloudy for the youth races, the sun broke through moments before the 68th running of the annual International Pancake Day race in Liberal. 

Maggie Lapinski, who was racing for the first time, ended up being the winner of the Liberal side of the race with a time of 61.06 seconds. There was no time provided by Olney as a glitch prevented a final time from recording the British champion, Kaia Larkas. Lapinski is a teacher at Cottonwood Intermediate School.

“I’m really excited,” Lapinski said after the race. “I’ve been trying to work out and all that, and my family’s been really supportive. I’ve been really looking forward to this, so I’m really happy.”

Lapinski also talked about how it had been a while since she had run a 400-meter course. She was neck and neck with fellow racer Gaby Amparan for much of the race. Racers Allyson Nondorf and Dallas Culwell ended up in second and third, respectively. 

“Running a 400 isn’t something I’ve done in a while,” Lapinski said with a chuckle. “I know what I used to be able to do, and I was excited to see what I would be able to do this year, so I’m pretty happy. I’m so excited, I could hear some of my students yelling for me about the last 50 meters or so, and that really motivated me to see what I would be able to do. It’ll be fun going back to school tomorrow.”

Long-time racer Tessy Barnett also expressed excitement over being part of the Pancake Day race for the 15th time.

“The best part is when it’s all over and we cross the finish line,” Barnett said with a chuckle. “This is my 15th time running this, and I love running it every year. The best part of this year was finishing well, and I hope to be running even more races in the future!”

 

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