Selsor set for second trip to National Junior Olympics
Katrina Selsor is going solo in her second trip to the National Junior Olympics.Selsor, 13, is the only member of the Glenwood Springers track club to qualify for the National Junior Olympics, making the cut in the youth girls division of the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs. Not that she wouldn’t prefer to have some other Springers join her for the trip to Eugene, Ore. – particularly her training partner and older sister, Sharaya, who qualified for the event last year.”I like to have the company of my sister,” Katrina said.Her sister won’t be on the track with her when she competes in the 1,500 today or the 3,000 on Saturday, but she will be joined by many of the top youth runners in the nation – including Albuquerque’s Julie Barasher. Barasher finished one spot ahead of Selsor in both events at the regional qualifier two weeks ago with a first in the 3,000 and a second in the 1,500.Still, Selsor set personal bests in both events at the qualifier, clocking in at 5 minutes, 6.69 seconds in the 1,500 and 11:01.15 in the 3,000.Although she placed higher at regionals in the 1,500, she said she prefers the 3,000.”I feel more comfortable running (the 3,000),” Selsor said. “I feel like I have the endurance, but not really the speed.”As for her personal goals, she isn’t looking at her place finishes at Nationals. Instead she “would just be happy to beat the times I got in regionals.”Along with competing in the highest-level youth track meet of the summer, Selsor will also be following in the footsteps of many of the best runners in the history of the United States when she steps onto the surface of the Hayward Field track at the University of Oregon. Hayward is one of the most venerated track and field facilities in the country and hosted six national championships, three Olympic Trials and 28 editions of the famous Prefontaine Classic.The 1,500 preliminaries are slated for today, with the finals on tap Sunday. The 3,000 is set for Saturday.The 1,500 preliminaries are slated for today, with the finals on tap Sunday. The 3,000 is set for Saturday.
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