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December 22, 1997


Woodinville girl places in national cross-country event


   Photo courtesy Tybur family
   Cross-country runner Abby Tybur of Woodinville placed third at a national event recently. She is pictured racing at a different event here.

     by Andrew Walgamott
   WOODINVILLE--Battling miserable weather, 9-year-old Abby Tybur of Woodinville placed 3rd in the 3,000 meter cross-country event at the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships in Portland, Oregon Dec. 13, and was named a four-time All-American for her effort. Racing in the bantam division (9 to 10-year-old girls), Tybur finished with a time of 13:50, just five seconds behind two girls from Nebraska and Colorado who tied for first. She raced against approximately 200 other girls
   . A member of the Eastside Track Club, Tybur's best time in the event is 12:22. Cold, windy conditions and a "long" 3,000 meter course may have led to her slower time. Coming from an athletic family, Tybur won first place at a regional track meet at Woodland Park in Seattle in November to qualify for nationals. She has two older sisters in the track club and a younger brother who runs as well.
   Previously, Tybur became a three-time All-American for placing twice at a Baton Rouge, Louisiana track meet and once at a Lexington, Kentucky meet. Her father credits her success to desire and dedication, as well as a natural gift for running. She reportedly practices three or four times a week. Tybur will race again next year in the bantam division.