Northwest NEWS

August 10, 1998


Local runner smashes records at national meet


Photo courtesy Tybur family

Abby Tybur and Bellevue Eagles coach Felix Landau at Husky Stadium. Tybur finished second in the 1500 meter and third in the 800 meter races.

   by Woodinville Weekly staff
   SEATTLE--She smashed her own and local records, but just missed out on first-place finishes at a national track meet held in Seattle recently.
   Abby Tybur, 10, one of the running Tybur sisters, finished second and third in the 1500 meter and 800 meter races at the National Junior Olympic Championships held at Husky Stadium July 28-Aug. 3.
   According to her father, Brian Tybur, Abby led the 1500 from start to the last 100 yards when a girl from Delaware overtook her. The same girl came in second in the 800.
   Still, Abby's time of 5:04.49 in the 1500 was 3.3 seconds faster than a 1983 Pacific Northwest Association record, and her 2:28.06 in the 800 was nearly 1.5 seconds faster than a 1991 PNA record.
   And she topped previous personal bests on the 1500 by 12 seconds and four seconds on the 800, according to her family.
   The Junior Olympics, JOs as they are sometimes called, is the culmination of the track and field season for kids across America.
   Abby, who lives in Woodinville, is a member of the Bellevue Eagles track club. The team won ten medals at the Seattle meet.
   Next up for Abby is the cross-country season which begins in September. She has two older sisters who run track as well.