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Former RHS runner places high in Bolder Boulder 10K
Rick Mickelsen, left, and his son Brock competed in the Bolder Boulder 10K race on Memorial Day in Boulder, Colo. Brock Mickelsen ran a 6:02 per mile pace to finish 251st out of nearly 50,000 competitors.

Former RHS runner places high in Bolder Boulder 10K

May 30, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Brock Mickelsen was the seventh fastest among 1,010 Wyoming runners in the race and finished 13th out of 239 in the men's 21-year-old division.

Former Riverton High School cross country and track competitor Brock Mickelsen competed in the annual Memorial Day Bolder Boulder 10K race in Boulder, Colo., and placed 251st out of nearly 50,000 runners.

Mickelsen just completed his junior outdoor track season for the Black Hills State College Yellow Jackets, where he competes in middle distance races in the outdoor, indoor and cross-country seasons.

While BHSC was competing in the NAIA Dakota Athletic Conference prior to moving to the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Mickelsen was a DAK all-conference performer. He ran a personal best time of 4:06 this season in the 1,500-meters.

The 10K race (6.2 miles) was Mickelsen's first run at that distance.

"My dad (Rick) was running in the race, and I wanted to run with him. I was happy I was able to do that," Mickelsen said.

Mickelsen said he competed in the "A Wave" with about 1,000 other racers and didn't realize how large the race really was until he went into the stands at Folsom Field on the campus of the University of Colorado to sit with his mom, Jody, after crossing the finish line.

"There were streams and streams of people for hours and hours," Mickelsen said.

Mickelsen's time of 37:31.18 translated into a 6:02 per mile pace, right at the 6-minute pace he was hoping to run.

Mickelsen was the seventh fastest among 1,010 Wyoming runners in the race and finished 13th out of 239 in the men's 21-year-old division.

Looking forward to his senior year at BHSC in Spearfish, S.D., Mickelsen is majoring in mass communications with an emphasis on photography and computer publishing and hopes to attend graduate school.

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