AUGUST 4, 1997
Abby Tybur won two medals for placing in the 800 and 1,500 meter runs at a national track meet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last week.
Photo courtesy Tybur family
Woodinville girls place in national track meet
by A.T. Walgamott
Battling 105 degree heat and 100 percent humidity in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, nine-year-old Abby Tybur of Woodinville became a three-time All American last week by placing in national track events. Abby, one of three sisters who qualified for the trip to the National Junior Track and Field Championships, took fifth in the bantam girls' class 1,500 meter run with a time of 5:22, and eighth in the 800 meter at 2:37. The top eight finishers become All-Americans. Last year she medaled as well.
Abby was coached by Don Geiser. Her 13-year-old sister Gerin finished 11th in the youth class 800 meter run, with a time of 2:25, out of medal contention. Jennifer Marsh, daughter of Dr. Alan Marsh of the Woodinville Animal Hospital, took 8th in the 800 meter run at 2:26. Marsh raced in the midget girls division.
All three girls race for the co-ed Eastside Track Club. The event attracted more than 6,000 competitors ages 8-18 from across the country. Next year's meet will be held at a decidedly cooler locale, Husky Stadium in Seattle.