Selsor sisters hitting their stride |

Selsor sisters hitting their stride

As members of the Glenwood Springers track club, sisters Katrina and Sharaya Selsor have established themselves among the best long-distance runners in their respective age classes in Colorado.

Both sisters could be upgrading that reputation this weekend.

By finishing in the top three two weeks ago at the Region 10 Junior Olympic meet in Glendale, Ariz., the Selsors earned berths to the United States Track and Field-sanctioned national Junior Olympics in Miami, Fla.

The annual meet, which brings together more than 7,000 youth club athletes from across the country began on Tuesday and continues through Sunday.

Katrina, 12, will compete in two events – the Midget division’s 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs for 11-12 year-old girls.

Sharaya, 13, will run in the Youth girls division against 34 other 13-14 year-olds from across the country.

Both sisters have made their mark in track quickly.

Making quick strides in the local, sectional and state meets, the Selsors continued to post strong marks at the Region 10 meet.

Katrina won the Midget girls 1,500, in a lifetime best time of 5 minutes, 14.70 seconds. In the midget division’s 3,000 meters, the younger Selsor sister finished in third place.

Not to be outdone, Sharaya took third place in the Youth Girls 1,500-meters.

Fittingly, the 5:05.59 time she clocked was also her lifetime best in the event.

Pretty impressive considering, prior to this summer, Sharaya or Katrina had not participated as members of a club track program.

But, the Selsors had established some credentials as strong runners before hooking up with the Springers.

Last fall, the girls had high finishes at the state middle school cross-country meet in Montrose.

And after a winter of basketball with their club team and at Rifle Middle School, the sisters were anxious to resume track.

That’s when they heard about the Springers.

The sisters’ mother, Connie Selsor discovered the summer youth track club through Glenwood Springs resident, Tory Garling, a long-time member of the Springers and an outstanding runner himself.

Both girls decided to join, and they have enjoyed the experience.

“I’m glad I did it,” said Sharaya Selsor. “I’ve fallen in love with coaches Blake Risner and Chas Salmen, and I’ve had a blast.”

The worst part about competing in the national meet, Sharaya said, is the wait.

“I eat and sleep running, so I’m a nervous wreck thinking about the meet,” she said. “But, I’m looking forward to it.”

So is Katrina.

Of the two events, she’s scheduled to run, Katrina prefers the 3,000.

“I like the 3,000 better because you have to run the 1,500 a lot faster.”

At nationals, Katrina’s best event is scheduled first.

The 3,000-meter finals will take place Friday morning. An hour later, both sisters will run in preliminary heats of the 1,500-meters in their respective divisions.

The top eight times from the preliminaries advance to Sunday’s finals.

A third member of the Springers, Justin Steffen, also of Rifle, qualified for nationals in the young men’s (17-18 year-olds) 400-meter hurdles, but has opted not to compete due to other commitments.

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