BY JASON SHEDD • JasonShedd@windsorbeacon.com

Windsor has produced its share of track stars over the years.

Now those speedsters seem to be getting even faster and younger.

Three of Windsor's fastest girls went to Brigham Young University on July 8-11 to compete at the Region 10 Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships, where they qualified for the upcoming national meet.

Lauren Gregory, Emily Elliott and Katie Weber all earned a spot at the Junior Olympic National Championships July 28 to Aug. 2 in Greensboro, N.C.

Gregory, a 9-year-old who attends Windsor Charter Academy, took first place in both the 1,500- and 800-meter runs in her bantam class, which features athletes under the age of 10.

Elliott placed third in both the 200- and 400-meter dash, while Weber qualified by placing third in the 100-meter dash.

The girls were competing with the Fort Collins Track Club, a group that will send five athletes to the national event.

As Windsor’s youngest qualifier and its only first-place winner, Gregory said her trip to the top of the winner’s podium was a challenging one.

“I felt really good to be up there,” Gregory said. “It was kind of hard to get up there, though. The first-place podium was so high and I’m so small.”

Gregory, who will have her 10th birthday before she leaves for Greensboro, said she asked her parents for an iPod but that a national title would also be a great present. She knows that no one is going to give her anything at this level, but it’s the challenge she’s most excited about.

“I’m kind of nervous because some of the girls have some faster times than I do, but that just means they can push me.”