IMPERIAL — A few months ago Imperial High School track and field standout Gabriel Ibarra received a letter from International Sports Tours.
The letter read: "We would like to invite you to be one of 120 track and field athletes from across the United States to participate in a USA Track and Field-sanctioned international competition and European tour next summer."
As soon as he read the last word he knew one of his dreams was close to being realized.
"I've been waiting for something like this to come up ever since I started running," said the 18-year-old senior. "I am really excited about this. This is an opportunity I may never have again and I'm really looking forward to it."
This is the 16th year International Sports Tours has sponsored the event — to run this year from June 24 to July 11 — which gives track and field athletes and cross country runners from the U.S. the opportunity to travel to Europe and participate in the 18-day event.