July 20, 1998
Photo courtesy of the Tybur family
Abby and Gerin Tybur display medals they won at a recent track and field meet in Spokane.
by Woodinville Weekly staff
WOODINVILLE--A pair of local sisters continue to make big strides in track and field competitions.
Abby Tybur, 10, placed first in the 800 meter and 1,500 meter "bantam" division races at the USA Track and Field Youth National Championships held in Spokane over the Independence Day weekend.
Her sister, Gerin, 14, took eighth place in the 800 meter dash, with a time of 2 minutes 24 seconds. She races in the "intermediate" division.
According to their father, Brian Tybur, Abby came from behind in the last lap of the 1,500 to win by two feet against a California runner. Her time was 5:16 in the longer race and 2:32 in the 800.
The Tybur family resides in Woodinville.
Up next for both girls, and their sister Callie, is the regional championships July 18 at Shoreline Stadium. Top three finishers there will qualify for the Junior Olympic Nationals July 30 - August 2 at Husky Stadium in Seattle.
At last year's Junior Olympics held in muggy Louisiana, Abby took fifth in the 1,500 and eighth in the 800. Her times from the Spokane meet were six and five seconds faster, respectively, in both events than last year.
Gerin runs for the Eastside Track Club. Abby races for the Bellevue Eagles. All three girls attend Bellevue Christian School.