Glenwood Springers track and field athletes Bryce Risner, left, and Justin Thompson both placed in the top 10 in the midget boys high jump at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships in Baltimore, Md.
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Tiny Glenwood Springs flexed its might at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships in Baltimore, Md., on Friday.

The local Glenwood Springers track club qualified two athletes - 11-year-old Bryce Risner and 12-year-old Justin Thompson - in the midget boys high jump, and both placed in the top 10.

Risner cleared 4 feet, 9 inches to nab fifth and claim All-American status. Thompson jumped 4-7 for 10th place.

“It's a very good showing by our Glenwood Springers at the high jump,” said Blake Risner, Bryce's dad and Glenwood Springs High School's track and field coach.

Bryce was making his third consecutive nationals showing. He competed last year in Wichita, Kan., and the year before in Sacramento, Calif. After placing 22nd in each of those two efforts, he welcomed his top-five showing this time around.

“I'm happy, for the most part,” the youngster said. “I kind of really wanted to jump 4-11.”

Thompson, whose older brother, Tyler, was a state champion long- and triple-jumper for Roaring Fork High School, seemed satisfied with his performance at Morgan State University.

“It was fine,” he said. “There was a lot of competition.”

Winning the event was Sean Lee, who set a national record by clearing 5-9 1/4. Lee trains with the Southern California-based USA High Jump Club.

Thompson has been busy in Baltimore. He competed in the 80-meter hurdles on Thursday, placing 30th, and will be busy with the midget boys long jump early this morning.