June 7, 1999
Gerin Tybur, a 15-year-old freshman at Bellevue Christian, cut three seconds off her personal best time to win the girls' 800-meter 1A state title in Cheney on Saturday, May 29.
Tybur was named an Eastside Athlete of the Week by the Eastside Journal last week, and was invited to attend the Journal's yearly banquet honoring this year's Eastside Prep Athlete of the Year.
Tybur is the daughter of Brian and Lindy Tybur of Woodinville. Her coach, Larry Royce, also coached her mother at Bellevue Christian in 1977. Gerin's talent apparently runs in the family. Lindy was part of the state title mile relay and medley relay teams at Bellevue Christian.
"But I never won an individual title," said Lindy Tybur. "That made Gerin's state title more special for us. Gerin is the first child of a former athlete coached by Larry, which he said is pretty exciting for him."
In the summer, Tybur runs for the Eastside Track Club, coached by Ray Fabien, former Olympic sprinter from Trinidad. She has run for Eastside since she was nine.
This summer, Tybur will compete in the regional Junior Olumpics meet in Cheney against athletes from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The top three finishers in each event qualify for the Junior Olympic nationals in Omaha, Nebraska on Aug. 26-28. At last year's national meet, Tybur finished eighth in the 800 for 15-16-year-olds.