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Glynn runs to victory in national race

Twelve-year-old Emily Glynn took twelfth place at the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina last month.

By Lisa Crockett; photo courtesy of the Glynn family

Twelve-year-old Emily Glynn, a member of the Parker Panthers running club, is racing toward an impressive distance-running career.  Last month she took twelfth place in her age group in the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Running a personal best in the 3,000-meter race, Glynn finished with a time of 10:44.

“I’m really happy with my performance,” said Glynn. “There were 422 runners in the 11-12 girls race.  My goals in this race were to place in the top 25, and to get a time under 11 minutes and I did both of those things.”

Glynn got her start in running at Timber Trail Elementary’s Girls on the Run program three years ago, and she’s been running ever since.

“I was looking to do something more competitive, so I joined the Parker Panthers,” said Glynn. “Our coach Ross Cargo is hard on us, but he pays attention to all the runners and helps us get better.  If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have had the season I’ve had.  He’s a great coach.”

In addition to running for the Panthers, Glynn had an impressive first season running on the Rocky Heights Middle School Cross Country team last fall, taking first place in every single race of the season.

“I’m already looking forward to nationals again next year,” said Glynn. “Next year I’ll have a goal to be in the top 10.  This has been the best year of my life, I’m having so much fun.



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