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Katrina Selsor strides to spot in National JOs

Katrina Selsor used a pair of personal-best performances at the Region X Junior Olympics to earn her second consecutive trip to the National Junior Olympics.Selsor notched times of 11 minutes, 1.15 seconds and 5:06.69 to take second and third in the youth girls division of the 3,000 and 1,500 meters, respectively, at the event held this weekend in Provo, Utah.”She is just an incredibly tough young lady,” Glenwood Springer Track Club coach Blake Risner said. “The competitive spirit she possesses seems to come out in these big races. “I don’t have to worry about her putting it all out there on the track,” he added. “My job is just to make sure she is strong enough to do so.”In Friday’s 3,000 Selsor ran the race to perfection, with only Julie Barasher of the Albuquerque (N.M) Athletics Track Club posting a better time. Barasher, who also beat Selsor for the midget division title at the Nationals last year, finished in 10:54.67.”Katrina had to break from the middle of the pack to catch up with Julie,” Risner said, “and she had a strong surge in the second half of the race that probably closed the gap by about 15 meters.”The plan was for Selsor to “stay on our pace as long as it was keeping her in the hunt to qualify,” Risner said. “If they start to break away, she needs to break and keep with them. She did exactly that.”Selsor’s previous best this season in the 3,000 was more than 29 seconds slower than her time Friday. Sharaya Selsor, Katrina’s sister, also had a season-best mark with a seventh-place finish at 11:49.37.Katrina Selsor qualified for her second Nationals event on Saturday with a third in the 1,500 and another new personal record. Rachel Webb of the Mercury Track Club (Utah) won the race in 5:02.41 and Barasher was second. The National Junior Olympics run July 27-Aug. 1 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Along with the Selsor sisters, Mollie Honan and Greg Orosz also represented the Springers at the regional meet.Honan, running in the 400-meter hurdles for just the second time in her career, missed a qualifying spot by one place with a time of 1:13.59 to finish fourth in the young women division.”I think she has the confidence, going into her senior year at Roaring Fork High School, to be a state qualifier in the 300 hurdles,” Risner said.Orosz, in the youth boys division, didn’t place, but threw a personal best 91 feet, 5 inches in the discus. Brandon Lira of Utah’s Comets Track Club won the event with a huge toss of 149-6. Orosz also competed in the shot put, but didn’t place with a mark of 29-7.”I think all four athletes benefited tremendously from that type of experience,” Risner said.”I think all four athletes benefited tremendously from that type of experience,” Risner said.

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