Four Springers advance to national track meet
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The summer track season continues for three members of the Glenwood Springers youth track club.
Placing among the top three in their respective events in this weekend’s Region 10 Junior Olympics, sisters Katrina and Sharaya Selsor and Justin Steffen have advanced to the National Junior Olympics in Miami, Fla.
The meet will be held at Tropicana Park on July 29-August 3.
Katrina Selsor capped her weekend in the desert by capturing a regional title.
The 12-year-old Rifle resident had already earned a trip to Florida with a third-place finish in Saturday’s Midget Girls 3,000 meter finals.
Selsor added a second event to her list by winning the 11-12 girls 1,500 meters on Sunday.
Katrina’s first-place time of 5 minutes, 14.70 seconds was an improvement of 13 seconds from her previous best in the event according to Springers coach Blake Risner.
Her older sister, Sharaya, will also be a participant at the national meet.
The 13-year-old placed third in the Youth Girls (ages 13-14) 1,500 meters by running a lifetime best of 5:05.59 – a 19-second improvement from her former lifetime best.
Earlier, Sharaya had just missed making the national meet in the youth girls 3,000 meters with a fourth-place finish.
A third member of the Springers track club, Justin Steffen, has qualified for nationals in the Young Men’s (17-18) division of the 400 hurdles.
Steffen, a graduate of Rifle High, who will attend the University of Northern Colorado in the fall, took third place in the event, setting a personal best time of 57.24 seconds.
“I was really pleased with our performances,” said Risner. “Every kid that ran in the meet had a personal best.
In other events involving Springer athletes, Jordan Chavez and Tory Garling finished ninth in separate boys’ 800 meter-run, improving their personal bests.
Chavez, running in the Bantam division for 9-10 year-old boys, finished the event in 2:58.32. Garling clocked in at 2:22.32 in the youth division, setting a personal best in the process.
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