Two local high school standouts and three athletes from CSU will participate in the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships this weekend in Eugene, Oregon.
Rocky Mountain High School senior-to-be Carly Lester, recent Fort Collins High graduate Josephine Natrasevschi and Colorado State University’s Marcus Harris, Aaliyah Pete and Collin Scheer all met the qualifying standards and are scheduled to compete.
Lester, winner of the past two Colorado Class 5A state titles and the state record-holder in the 300-meter hurdles, is seeded third in the women’s 400 hurdles based on her 300 hurdles time of 41.18 seconds. She’ll compete in a preliminary race Saturday with hopes of advancing to Sunday’s final.
Harris, who is from Aurora, is seeded 10th in the men’s 100 with a time of 10.50. Both the preliminary heats and final in that event will be contested Saturday.
Pete, who is from Omaha, Nebraska, qualified in both the shot put and discus. She’s seeded fourth in the women’s shot Saturday with a season-best of 54 feet, 8¾ inches, and fifth in the discus Sunday at 176-5.
Natrasevschi, winner of Class 5A state titles in both the shot put and discus this past spring, is seeded 11th in the women’s discus at 157-10.
Scheer, who is from Colorado Springs, is tied for the No. 6 seed in the men’s high jump Sunday at 6-10¼.