Glenwood Springers duo advances to Junior Olympics regionals
AURORA, Colorado ” A pair of Glenwood Springers track and field standouts are taking a step up the Junior Olympics ladder by virtue of their performances at Saturday and Sunday’s Colorado Junior Olympics meet at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora.
Glenwood Springs High School student Ryan Buchanan, who’s spending his summer training with the local track and field club, won an event he doesn’t get the chance to try during the prep season ” the boys intermediate 2,000-meter steeplechase.
And Buchanan fared very well, winning with a time of 7 minutes, 11 seconds, good enough to send him to a July 9-11 Junior Olympics regional meet in Phoenix. Buchanan also competed in the 1,500-meter run at Aurora, placing eighth with a time of 4:42.
Top-three finishes at state earned participants a berth at the Phoenix regional.
Joining Buchanan in Phoenix will be fellow GSHS student Anna Gauldin, who advanced by taking third in the girls intermediate 400 hurdles (1:16.05). She also competed in the 100 hurdles, taking ninth (21.86).
Other Springers in action at state included Glenwood Springs High Schooler Jolie Dubois, who took fourth in the girls intermediate 100 (12.84) and 400 (1:01.55) and fifth in the 200 (26.35). Basalt High School’s Taylor Allman placed sixth in the young women’s 400 (1:03.36) and eighth in the 100 (13.59).
“We did pretty well,” Springers head coach Crystal Garrison said. “It was a really intense meet with a lot of competition.”
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