Northwest NEWS

December 28, 1998

Sports

Woodinville girl wins ninth national running award

Abby Tybur

Abby Tybur running at a cross country meet leading up to the junior national championships.
Photo courtesy of the Tybur family.

   Racing against over 250 other girls her age, a 10-year-old Woodinville girl placed seventh at a national cross country meet Dec. 12. For her efforts in the 3,000-meter event at the Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championships held outside Chicago, Abby Tybur also becomes a nine-time All-American.

   Tybur finished the event in 11:21.4, a personal best. The course was just shy of two miles in length. She qualified for the Junior Olympics as the Pacific Northwest champion, and was one of 19 other girls representing Washington, Oregon, and Idaho at the national meet.

   Running since she was seven, it was Tybur's fourth national cross country meet. She also runs track and field in spring and summer. Placing within the top eight at a national meet qualifies one for an All-America medal. At home, Tybur runs for the Bellevue Eagles.