Glenwood Springers track club fares well at Junior Olympic national meet near Houston
HUMBLE, Texas — A respectable showing at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympic National Championships is what four members of the Glenwood Springers track and field club came away with after the final day of the meet on Sunday.
Springers athletes Bryce Risner, Justin Thompson, Alex Cutright and Reid Swanson each competed in the meet, which was held at Turner Stadium on the outskirts of Houston. Thousands of athletes, ranging from ages 8 and under to the 17- to 18-year-old age range, competed in the meet.
“We’re very proud of all of our athletes for all of the hard work they’ve put in to compete at this level,” said Jenny Cutright, one of the Springers coaches who traveled with the kids to the Central Time Zone.
On Sunday, Swanson, competing in the 9-10 age group of the 1,500 meters, placed 15th in a nationwide field of 45 distance runners. He posted a time of 5 minutes, 22.17 seconds. Winning the race on Sunday was Parker Paragas of the New Haven Track Club in Connecticut, who crossed the finish line before the rest of the field in 4:49.73.
Nearly cracking the top 10 in an event was Thompson, who took part in the boys 13-14 triple jump and 100 hurdles. Thompson finished 11th in the triple jump, nearly making the finals in the 31-athlete field with a mark of 35 feet, 11 1/2 inches. The meet’s marks were measured using the metric system and, after the conversion, the 10.96-meter mark was just six centimeters short of making the event’s finals. In the 100 hurdles, Thompson placed 30th in the 46-athlete field in 15.95 seconds.
Cutright competed in the 15-16 boys 2,000-meter steeplechase and high jump. Cutright finished 28th in the 31-person steeplechase field in 7:55.64, but he improved his personal-best time in the event by 33 seconds. He also finished 27th in the high jump by clearing 5-3, but Cutright’s finish there was in a 53-athlete field.
Risner also managed a 27th-place finish in his event, the boys 13-14 high jump. Risner cleared 5-1 (1.55 meters) for his finish among 36 other competitors.
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