Zach "Bug" Lokken and Cully Brown, both of Durango, collected prestigious honors in the last month.
Lokken, a paddler with Durango Whitewater, earned the top canoe spot on the U.S. Junior National Team after three days of racing early this month on the Wisconsin River in Wausau, Wis.
Lokken also won the No. 4 spot on the U.S Senior National Team.
He won his spots on the U.S. team at the combined U.S. Junior/Senior National Whitewater Slalom Team Trials.
Lokken, a student at Durango High School, will compete with the U.S. Junior Team at the Junior World Championships in Foix, France.
He also will travel with the U.S. Senior Team to compete in World Cup races in the Czech Republic, Spain and Slovenia.
Brown, the 14-year-old Durango boater, recently won the Colorado River Meister title at the Colorado High School Whitewater Championship Series.
Competing on rivers and creeks around the state, the athletes went head-to-head in freestyle, wildwater and slaom events.
The young boaters raced on the Colorado River, the Animas River, the Crystal River (Carbondale) and Clear Creek.
One of the final events was the Western Regional Wildwater Team Trials on the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon.
After completing two sprints and a classic race, Brown ended the day in second place behind Spencer Lacy, a senior from Boulder and a top national boater. Placing in the top three earned Brown a berth on the U.S. Canoe and Kayak Wildwater Team.
Local paddler Andy Corra of Four Corner Riversports coached Brown this spring in the high school series and the team trials.
Later this year, Brown plans to paddle in the 26-mile FibArk race from Salida to Cotopaxi. He's also scheduled to compete in the Senior National Championships on the Skagit River in Washington State.