KUSA — SkyView’s Ben Butler has done his fair share of stealing the spotlight in boys cross country running in Colorado. Butler was announced as part of the U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team and will compete in the 31st World Mountain Running Championships in Snowdonia, Wales on Sept. 19 this year.
“After that call, I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited to be able to represent the U.S. in this national race. This opportunity is a dream coming true for me,” Butler said.
Butler is one of seven junior runners chosen by the Mountain Ultra Trail Executive Committee of USA Track and Field (USATF) to be selected for the team.
“I’ve been putting in extra training time running hills and increasing my mileage to about 70 miles a week in order to prepare,” said Butler. “The opportunity to put on the Team U.S.A. jersey is unbelievable and I can’t wait to represent our country during the World Mountain Running Championships next month.”
The cross county senior was a state champion in the 3200 for track and field last year as well as 3A State Champion for boys cross country meet in Lyons, CO. He broke the Colorado state cross country courses record with a time of 16:17.
In order to be considered for a position on this elite team, male junior athletes must be between 16-19 years of age, submit letters of recommendation from a coach and parent, and must have a 16:45 5K time.