Springers’ title run continues | PostIndependent.com

Springers’ title run continues

Post Independent Photo/Kelley CoxSpringers, from left, Meg Waibel, Gretchen Herb, Ryan Buchanan, Katrina Selsor and Melissa Buchanan, are going to nationals.

Together, they’re record-breakers. And they have yet to step on the track.

This weekend, Melissa and Ryan Buchanan, Gretchen Herb, Rachel Orosz, Katrina Selsor and Meg Waibel have the opportunity to earn a national medal at the U.S. Junior Olympics in Indianapolis.

The six Glenwood Springers athletes are the largest contingent of qualifiers to represent the local track club in current head coach Blake Risner’s tenure. That’s quite a feat, considering the list of former Springers athletes who reached that level. Before this year, the team high was four national qualifiers in 1997 and 1999.

The current national qualifiers earned entry to the JO meet by finishing in the top three in their respective events at the recent Region X meet at Legacy Stadium in Aurora.

Upon arrival at the Michael A. Carroll Track and Field Stadium, the six Springers will be part of a field of more than 6,000 athletes.

Selsor, a member of the Springers’ 4×800 youth girls relay team, has qualified for the JO meet for the third time in as many years.

Previously, the rising freshman at Glenwood Springs High School competed individually. She was unable to repeat that feat at this year’s Region X meet because of illness.

At Indianapolis, Selsor will team with Waibel, Herb and Melissa Buchanan. Buchanan has also qualified in the youth girls 800 meter run. At regionals, she ran the event in a lifetime best of 2 minutes, 25.83 seconds. Her goals at nationals are conservative.

“My main concern is to have my best time and make the finals,” Buchanan said.

But, the 14-year-old did admit that “getting a medal would be nice.”

Ryan Buchanan, Melissa’s younger brother, will compete in the youth boys 800 for 11- 12-year-olds. He echoed his sister when it comes to goals this week, saying, “I just want to beat my time and try to place in the top three.”

Unlike his teammates, Ryan Buchanan also has a second national-level meet to run at. In early August, the Glenwood Springs Middle School student will run the 800 in the Hershey Track and Field games in Hershey, Pa.

Orosz earned her way to the JO meet as the regional runner-up in the Bantam (age 10 and under) girls shot put. At that meet, the 10-year-old recorded a throw of 21 feet, 83⁄4 inches.

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