JULY 21, 1997
Photo courtesy Tybur family
Woodinville's Gerin, (l. to r.) Callie and Abby Tybur all qualified for the Junior Olympic Track Championships in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The girls are members of the Eastside Track Club. At right is their brother Cole.
Woodinville girls compete in national track meet
by Andrew Walgamott
Three Woodinville sisters will be competing in the Junior Olympic Track Championships meet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 22-27. Abby, Gerin and Callie Tybur all recently qualified for the national event at a four-state regional track meet with forty other teams in Eugene, Oregon.
The Tyburs belong to the co-ed Eastside Track Club and attend Bellevue Christian School. The club has over 110 members, ages 9-18, and qualified 20 for the national event this year. Thirteen-year-old Gerin qualified for two events, placing second in the 800 meter run at 2:25 and third in the 1500 meters at 5:02.08. She races in the youth class. Callie's 4X400 relay team took 3rd place in the midget division. Callie is 11 years old. Abby, 9, triple-qualified for nationals. She took first place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:40.01, first in the 1500 meters at 5:30.93 and first as a member of the 4X400 relay team. Abby competed in the bantam class.
The team is coached by Ray Fabien, a past Olympian from Trinidad. Also qualifying for nationals was Jennifer Marsh, daughter of Dr. Alan Marsh of the Woodinville Animal Hospital. She placed second in the 400 meters for 11 to 12-year-old girls, and first in the 800 meters.
The Tyburs' mother, Lindy, is an assistant track coach at Bellevue Christian School and has also raced in the junior nationals in the past. The family has lived in Woodinville for the past 10 years. The Eastside Track Club has been around for more than two dozen years.