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Risner relishes 2nd straight nationals showing

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post Independent

What does Bryce Risner like best about the high jump?

“I just like getting over the bar,” he relayed. “I like it when I clear a new height, get up and am like, ‘Yeah!'”

Risner, a 10-year-old member of the Glenwood Springers youth track and field club, has a bright future of clearing high jump bars.

For the second straight year, the lanky youngster competed in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships. And his journey to Wichita, Kan., last weekend was a good one.

Matching his personal-best jump of 4 feet, 5 inches in sweltering heat that topped out at over 100 degrees, Risner placed 22nd in a loaded midget boys field.

“He was proud of himself,” said Blake Risner, Bryce’s father. “He came off the track thinking he did pretty well.”

Bryce, who turns 11 soon, was one of the younger competitors in the midget division, which is reserved for 11- and 12-year-olds. Division placement is determined by an athlete’s age on Dec. 31.

“We were really excited for him to qualify,” Blake said, “being one of the youngest [in his group].”

It’s no coincidence young Bryce has taken to high jumping. His dad, who is Glenwood Springs High School’s track and field coach, high jumped in college at MiraCosta College in southern California and at Adams State College in Alamosa.

“I usually practice once a week with my dad,” Bryce said.

With summer nearing its close, other sports will soon grab Bryce’s focus. The Glenwood Springs Elementary School fifth-grader said he’s going to play football this fall and maybe basketball later on.

Then it’ll be back to track and field, and perhaps a third straight trip to nationals.


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