Runners on track |

Runners on track

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

Gillian Gorelik may finally get a little recognition.

The Park City junior has spent most of her high school career running behind other runners in the mid-level 3A classification, quietly turning in some of the best times in the state.

But those days of anonymity are coming to a close. Midway through the track season, Gorelik has been winning her fair share of races. She proved herself last Saturday at the Taylorsville Invitational, where she ran past top-level 5A runners to win the mile.

"I did have a good day. I was happy," she said.

Gorelick said that at the 100-meter mark she just kicked it and easily won the race. Gorelik said that running against top teams like Davis only pushes her more.

"It makes you go faster when you have that much competition," she said.

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Running right behind her was Park City McKenzie Snyder, who was second for most of the race before finally finishing third. Park City head coach Jeff Wyant said that the two girls are starting to get plenty of name recognition.

"I think people know our girls are there," he said. "I don’t think Gillian can sneak up on anybody.

Gorelik and Snyder have already qualified to run in the mile, two-mile and 800-meter races at the state championships. Big meets like the Taylorsville Invitational are the perfect opportunity for schools like Park City to get those state-qualifying times.

"It’s not a meet we’re going to win," said Park City runner Sami Wall. "It’s specifically to qualify for state."

It’s also a chance a chance for the athletes to see just how good they are among the larger schools.

"I see how I compete against the fastest kids in the state," said sprinter Erik Walker, who qualified in the 100 meters along with fellow sprinter Blake Thorne.

Other Park City runners are close to qualifying for the state meet, including Cameron Edwards in the mile and 800-meter race and Derek Alcorn in the two-mile race.

The Miners will have a busy week with a small meet against North Summit scheduled for Tuesday and two invitational meets on Saturday. On the weekend, the top female distance runners will travel to the highly-competitive Davis Invitational meet while the rest of the team will compete at Morgan High School.