It’s a ‘Scholl’ thing – runners win junior olympic championships
A brother and sister from western Grand County both were top finishers in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Jr. Olympic Cross Country Running Championships in Orlando, Fla. last weekend.In the 3K long-distance running event, which is 1.85 miles, Tabor Scholl, 12, placed first in her age group with a time of 11:05, among 174 athletes.Her brother Tyler, 9, also placed first among 9 to 10 year-olds in the 3K run. Tyler beat out 126 other runners.”To have had one national championship would have been pretty amazing, but to have two is really special,” said mom Stephanie Scholl, adding that her son and daughter have each taken an interest in one day being in the Olympics. “It’s their big goal right now,” she said. “With most kids with that kind of success, they see the Olympics and that’s the ultimate championship. But, if they decide next year that maybe they don’t want that, that’s fine too.”From a young age, Tabor and Tyler have been involved in running and Nordic skiing as a family with their mom and dad, Shawn, both of whom train and race in Nordic and running circuits. The family owns the Big Shooter coffee shop in Kremmling.”They’re unusual kids,” Stephanie said of their dedication. “They want it on their own, and we help them by guiding them, encouraging them and doing it with them. It’s not anything we’re making them do. We don’t force them to train.”Tabor and Tyler often run together on the hilly trails near their Parshall-area home at 6 a.m., before school, even when their mom questions, “Are you sure you don’t want to sleep in?” she said.”They do it because they enjoy it. It’s kids loving to run.”At the U.S.A. Track and Field regional championships in Provo, Utah last July, both Tabor and Tyler won the 1,500 event in each of their age groups. But the family had foregone attending the national competition due to timing and cost.With the trail running season now over, Tabor and Tyler plan to focus on Nordic skiing, indoor track and field invitationals at colleges. In the spring, it’s outdoor track and field season.Tabor, who attends the East Grand Middle School, also plans to join the middle school track team this spring. Tyler attends Mountain Valley Christian Academy in Kremmling. “It’s their dream,” Stephanie said. “I want them to live their dream, and I’m really happy to be riding on their coattails.”- Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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