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Springers shoot for Nationals

Five members of the Glenwood Springers Track Club head off today to battle for a spot in the National Junior Olympics.

By virtue of top-3 finishes at the Colorado State Games, Katrina and Sharaya Selsor, Justin Steffen, Jordan Chavez and Tory Garling all qualified for the Region 10 Junior Olympic Championships which begin Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz.

A top-three finish at the regional meet qualifies the athletes for the National Junior Olympic Championships to be held later this month in Miami, Fla.

Katrina and Sharaya will compete in the midget girls (11-12 years) and youth girls (13-14) divisions, respectively. Both plan to run in the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters, and fate may be on their side.

The last time the Springers had a athlete competing in both events (1998) the Springers notched a pair of national titles as Carbondale’s Dana Boyle won both events and set a national record in the 3,000. Additionally, Boyle ran on the same track at Glendale Community College en route to her titles.

Steffen, a Rifle High standout who plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado in the fall, will compete in the young men’s (17-18) division in the 400 hurdles.

Glenwood’s Jordan Chavez takes the track in two events – the 400 and 800 – and will run in the bantam boys (9-10) division. Tory Garling will also run the 800 and could get an at-large spot in the 1,500 based on his fourth-place finish at the Colorado Games.

The Regional meet begins Saturday morning and runs through Sunday.

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