Community roundup: GP graduate Markovc set to race at world championships

Amy-Eloise (Neale) Markovc is once again competing on the biggest athletics stage in the world.

The Glacier Peak High School distance running legend, who represented Britain at last year’s Summer Olympics, is set to run for her home country again when she competes in the women’s 5,000 meters at the World Championships in Athletics on Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon.

Markovc, a 10-time high school state champion in cross country and track, qualifies to race for Great Britain because she was born there before her family moved to Snohomish when she was 2. She earned her world championship spot by winning the 5,000 meters at the British Athletics Championships last month in Manchester, England. Markovc used a late kick to win the race in 15 minutes, 37.23 seconds.

It was the 26-year-old’s first British outdoor title and second title overall, joining the national indoor 3000m championship she won in February. Her victory, combined with the fact that she had already beaten the qualifying standard of 15:10 in previous races, earned her an automatic spot for the world championships.

Markovc’s appearance at the world championships comes less than a year after competing in the 5,000m at the Tokyo Olympics, when she placed 20th with a personal best time of 15:03.22.

Markovc, who is ranked 29th in the world in the 5,000m by World Athletics, will compete in the 5,000m heats at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday. If she makes it past the playoffs, she will advance to the final, which is at 6:25 p.m. Saturday.

The Worlds aren’t the only international championships Markovc will be competing in in the coming weeks. She was also selected to represent England in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games August 2-7 in Birmingham, England.

Gray plays in another Swiss Bowl

Arlington High School graduate Max Gray, now a linebacker/safety and return specialist for the Calanda Broncos in the Swiss Nationalliga A, the top pro soccer league in Switzerland, failed to win his third Consecutive Swiss Bowl.

Calanda faced the Bern Grizzlies in Swiss Bowl XXXVI last Saturday in Grenchen. The Broncos finished second in the league during the regular season behind the undefeated Grizzlies. Calanda, who has won the previous four Swiss Bowls, came close to pulling off the upset but lost 26-22.

Gray was one of two American Calanda players and a key player in the Broncos’ Swiss Bowl victories in 2019 and 2021. The 2020 season was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic.

Detlor qualifies for National Junior Track Championships

Snohomish resident Addie Detlor qualified in three events for the U.S. National Junior Olympics in Track and Field based on her performance at the Region 13 Junior Olympics in Track and Field July 7-10 in Eugene, Oregon. Competing in girls 13-14, Detlor qualified for the national championships winning the shot put (30-foot, 11-inch), finishing fifth in the discus (61-9) and eighth in the javelin (54-7 ).

Detlor joins a host of Snohomish County natives who have qualified for the national championships, which will be held July 25-31 in Sacramento, Calif.

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