Kremmling’s Tabor Scholl prepares for elite national track meet
Special to the Sky-Hi News
This isn’t Willy Wonka’s golden ticket, but the excitement shown by Kremmling’s Tabor Scholl could not be greater if it were for a tour of chocolate rivers and candy confections.
The gilded ticket she recently received was for entry to one of the nation’s most prestigious high school track meets, the Brooks PR Invitational, to be held June 20 in Seattle, Wash.
Sponsored by Brooks Running, the athletic shoe and apparel company, event organizers say they “handpick the fastest, most competitive high school runners in the nation … for a breakneck afternoon of racing, with the toughest competition [the students] have ever faced.”
And with or without a ticket, Tabor qualifies as among the top high school runners in the nation. Running unattached this year and not with a high school team, the recent graduate has had an impressive season with bests and personal bests at some of the top events in the country.
At Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational in May, Tabor’s time ranked fourth fastest in the nation in the 1,500 meter. Competing in March at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, she became a High School All-American in the mile. And at the Simplot Games at Idaho State University in February, she won the competitive mile in 4:56, with Brooks scouts tracking the results.
“I was fortunate they were there,” she says, recognizing that “it’s a huge honor and a blessing to be called one of the top runners in the nation. Especially after not being on the high school scene this year, it is a privilege to be chosen to run in such a race as the Brooks PR.”
The trip to Seattle will be her first and is additionally unique because Brooks pays the entire cost of the trip for the athletes. She will be competing in the true mile and looking to not only win but set a new personal record, a goal encouraged by event sponsors in the very name where Brooks PR is for Personal Record.
The trip is also distinct as her last high school event. In the fall, Scholl will attend the University of Colorado-Boulder and has already been accepted to the track and cross-country teams. In preparation, she will spend the summer with her family, all of whom run competitively, taking what she terms “race-cations.”
Last weekend, she traveled with parents, Shawn and Stephenie, and younger brother Tyler to compete in Albuquerque’s Great Southwest Classic. She and Tyler competed in the 2,000 meter Steeple Chase event for the first time, with Tabor taking gold and Tyler, an incoming high school freshman, finishing 11th. Next weekend, the clan will head to the Portland Track Festival where there are events for the whole family.
It is this family support and togetherness that she will most miss in the fall.
“I’m glad I’ll be close to home for a smoother transition,” she says. “I told my mom that I’m scared I’m going to miss out on everything, especially seeing Tyler grow as a person and competitor.”
“We are each other’s best friends. We understand our experiences and how we feel physically and emotionally. But I hope being away will just strengthen that bond.”
Tabor also expresses great appreciation for her parents and the upbringing they offered in Grand County.
“I’ve loved growing up and running in Kremmling. It’s a great place for so many fun activities. Kremmling and our parents provided the space for us to try and explore and fail and succeed in discovering our talents.”
But she is ready for her future. This summer, she will try to break her previous records in the 800 meter and mile in hopes of making CU’s “A-teams” or traveling teams for her freshman year.
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