Chris Ahlers will be a freshman at Newman this fall, but will first compete in the national Junior Olympic Games this summer in Ypsilanti, MIch. (Philip Marruffo/


His parents can’t keep up with him. Not many can.

Chris Ahlers of Sterling, who turned 14 in May, is not only one of the best young runners in the area. He’s among the best in the country.

Ahlers will compete in the national Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games in Ypsilanti, Mich., July 26-Aug. 3....