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Buchanan sets fast pace at Hershey meet

It’s official. Ryan Buchanan is one of the fastest youth runners in the United States. And the 12-year-old Glenwood resident has the results to prove it.

Running in the finals of the 11- to 12-year-old boys 800-meter run at the annual Hershey North American Finals track meet in Hershey, Pa., Buchanan finished in 2 minutes, 25.64 seconds.

The mark earned him third place in a field of 11 runners in the event.

Logan Gold, a 12-year-old from Vienna, W.Va., won in 2:23.61, just ahead of 800 runner-up Daniel Lebel, from Ajax, Ontario, Canada, who ran 2:23.66.

Buchanan’s Hershey meet time was a new personal best for the budding young runner, whose previous lifetime best of 2:26.20 was set as a member of the Glenwood Springers youth track team at the Region X Junior Olympics meet at Legacy Stadium in Aurora in June.

Buchanan was the third Glenwood Springers athlete to qualify for the

national Hershey meet in the past ten years, according to information from the local track club.

Tory Garling competed in the same event in 2001. Amber Sutherland, now a member of the University of Colorado’s women’s volleyball team, competed in the 1997 nationals in the 9-10 girls softball throw.

Buchanan, like all Hershey national qualifiers, advanced to the North American meet by winning meets at the local and state levels, then being compared against other state winners in his region.

At the Colorado state meet in Fort Collins on June 25, Buchanan emerged as the 2005 state champ after winning the event in a then lifetime-best 2:30.00.

Buchanan qualified for nationals by having the fastest time among similar athletes in his region.

The Hershey track program, created in 1975, is the largest program of its kind in the United States and Canada.

The goal of Hershey’s Track and Field Games is to introduce children to physical fitness through basic events like running, jumping and throwing. The program also strives to encourage children to reach their potential and develop a sense of accomplishment.

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