Selsor, Rust qualify for cross country Junior Olympics |

Selsor, Rust qualify for cross country Junior Olympics

Katrina Selsor, 12, and Tyler Rust, 11, both students at Rifle Middle School recently qualified for the USA Track and Field-sanctioned National Junior Olympics 2003 cross country championships.

The national meet will take place Dec. 13 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Selsor and Rust advanced to the 3-kilometer national championship by finishing second in their respective divisions at the Region 10 meet, held at the Lovelace Soccer Complex in Bernalillo, N.M., on Nov. 22.

Selsor completed the course in 12 minutes, 47.48 seconds, behind regional winner Jessica Tonn of the Arizona Blaze Track Club’s mark of 12:20.21.

Rust, the Boys Midget division runner-up came in at 11:54.57, just 2.3 seconds back of Scott Fauble’s 11:52.78 first-place time.

The two local runners’ times continue the success they’ve had in cross country.

As members of the eight-person RMS cross country team, the Cubs won the Western district middle school team championship at a meet in Montrose in October.

After the school season completed, Katrina Selsor, her older sister Sharaya, Rust and team members Donald and Matraisa Beecraft continued their training for USA Track and Field-sanctioned meets.

All five Rifle runners finished in the top 25 in their age divisions at the November state meet in Littleton, advancing them to the regional meet.

Rust and Katrina Selsor both posted second-place marks in the Midget division at Littleton. Sharaya Selsor and Matraisa Beecraft took fifth and 12th place, respectively in the Youth Girls race. Donald Beecraft was 23rd overall among Bantam boys.

The top 20 regional finishes in all races advanced to nationals.

“I know Katrina and Tyler will do their best in nationals,” said team coach Connie Selsor. “Their work ethic is incredible. They do anything you ask of them and give 110 percent.”

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