Lauren Gregory is one of the 33 fastest cross country runners in her age group.
The sophomore at Fort Collins High School finished 33rd in the female junior race Saturday in China in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
Gregory’s time of 22:01 was the second-fastest among American runners. There were 101 runners who qualified for the race. It was won by Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia in a time of 19:48.
Gregory is a back-to-back state champion in cross country and won a Class 5A 3,200-meter state track title in 2014.
In the male junior race, Poudre graduate and University of Colorado freshman Paul Miller took 74th out of 118 with a time of 26:57. The race was won by Yasin Haji of Ethiopia in a time of 23:42.
The junior races are for runners age 20 and younger.
Gregory and Miller qualified for the World Championships with top-six finishes in the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Boulder in February.
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