Five Springers advance to regional meet |

Five Springers advance to regional meet

Five members of the Glenwood Springers Youth Track Club have qualified for the Region 10 Junior Olympic meet.

The regional meet, to be held at Glendale Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., July 10-13, features the top club track athletes from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming and El Paso, Texas.

Sisters Katrina Dawn Selsor and Sharaya Dawn Selsor and Springer teammates Jordan Chavez, Tory Garling and Justin Steffen earned berths to the meet with a top-three finish in their events June 21 and 22 at the Colorado Junior Olympics in Littleton.

Katrina Selsor, competing in midget girls division, ages 11 and 12, qualified for regionals in two events.

The Rifle resident posted a first-place mark of 5 minutes, 41.55 seconds in the 1,500 meters on Sunday. In Saturday’s 3,000-meter run, Selsor recorded a winning time of 12:05.49.

Meanwhile, Sharaya Selsor equaled her younger sister’s efforts in the youth girls division.

Running against the best 13-14 girls statewide, Sharaya’s best came in the 3,000 meters, where she clocked in at 12:18.85 for second place. Selsor also qualified for the regional Junior Olympics by finishing third in the 1,500.

Chavez, a resident of Glenwood Springs, will represent the Springers in two events

Last weekend, Chavez finished third in the bantam boys (ages 9 and 10) 400 and 800 meter runs. Of the two qualifying times Chavez had, the 1:15.06 mark he turned in for Sunday’s 400-meter final was a personal best, surpassing his previous fastest time by five seconds.

Garling, a Glenwood Springs High freshman, will run in the youth boys 800 run in Phoenix.

In the boys 800 run, Garling ran a 2:26.56 time for third place. And, Garling could see action in a second event.

By finishing fourth in the 1,500, Garling is an alternate in that event. Alternates run when a event qualifier is absent or injured.

Steffan is the oldest member of the Springers to qualify for the regional meet.

The recent graduate of Rifle High, who will attend the University of Northern Colorado in the fall, took second place in the young men’s (ages 17 and 18) 400 meter hurdles with a time of 40.42.

In other event finals, Natalie Whitmore of Rifle ran a personal best of 29.72 while finishing fifth in the midget girls 200 meter dash and Alison Brown from Glenwood clocked a seventh-place time of 15.88 in the bantam girls 100 meters.

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