Selsor runs personal best times at Junior Olympic meet
Katrina Selsor concluded her summer track season with two sizzling performances.Running for the Glenwood Springers youth track club at the National Junior Olympics meet in Eugene, Ore., the 12-year-old Rifle resident shattered her previous best times in the youth girls division 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs.The youth girls division consists primarily of runners ages 13 and 14.In a 1,500-meter preliminary heat on Friday, Selsor buzzed in at 5 minutes, 4.56 seconds, more than two seconds faster than her previous event-best of 5:06.69.At Saturday’s 3,000 meters, Selsor had another blistering effort.Advancing to the event finals out of an original field of 34 competitors, Selsor clocked in at 10:50.02 finishing 16th overall. Her time was 11 seconds faster than her previous best 3,000-meter time of 11:01.15, set earlier this month at the Region X meet in Provo, Utah.”I was very pleased with the way Katrina continues to run at this level. It’s quite an accomplishment to set two personal bests, and her times do not indicate how well she performed in this meet,” said Blake Risner, the Springers head coach. Jordan Hasha of San Luis Obispo, Calif., running in the same heat as Selsor in both events, set new national Junior Olympic age group record times. Hasha’s 1,500-meter time of 4:34.02 broke Rebecca Mitchell’s 1996 record of 4:36.90 by 2.88 seconds. Later, in the 3,000, Hasha won the event in 9:48.77, shattering Derisea Walters’ 17-year-old mark of 9:57.16 by 8-plus seconds.Now that the summer season has finished, Katrina and her older sister Sharaya, 14, will run for two Glenwood Springs schools this fall.Katrina, an eighth-grader at Glenwood Springs Middle School, is slated to run for a newly-created combined cross country team of GSMS and St. Stephen’s School students to be coached by Mike Vidakovich.Sharaya, an incoming freshman at Glenwood Springs High School, will run for the Demon girls cross country team.
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