Fine tuning at the track

Katie Brickman
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Athletes prepare for city meet next week

With about a week away from the city meet, it was about getting in repetitions and times.

Kim Power from Vanier gets some air in the senior girls long jump event at the third mini meet of the season at Gutheridge Field on Monday afternoon. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

Athletes from local and area schools battled against more wind and chilly temperatures for the final mini meet of the track and field season at Guthridge Field on Monday.

“I just want to see where I am at from last year. I am hoping that I improved,” said Libby Epoch of Peacock. “I just want to get better. I haven’t been running much, so I’m hoping I have improved.”

Epoch was just competing in the 3,000-metre race on Monday and finished first in the junior girls division.

“I am a little bit faster than last year,” said Epoch. “I know that I am a lot closer to some girls this year than I was last year, which makes me think I am getting stronger and better.”

Epoch wants to make sure she has a strong performance at the city meet as she has big goals this year.

“I want to make it to provincials and hopefully medal in 3,000m and 1,500m,” she said.  “Last year, I got fourth, so I was just so close.”

Since there is a long weekend with Victoria Day on Monday, this was the final meet for many of the athletes.

Peacock’s Courtney Hunter knows it is important to maintain her program and stick to it with some extra days off.

“Definitely on the long weekend, I want to run and I will probably just come up to Guthridge and do that,” Hunter said. “(I) just need to stay focused, eating right and taking care of your body with healthy choices.”

Hunter competed in the hurdles and 3,000m race on Monday, where she learned to deal with some adversity.

“I did hurdles, but I messed up my steps in the second one, so that threw me off a lot. I learned from it, so I just need to work on it at next practice,” she stated. “You learn a lot mentally and how to push yourself and pace yourself. I think I’ve gotten stronger and learned a lot.”

Like Epoch, Hunter wants to succeed this year, as it is her final year.

“I definitely want to medal in the 1,500m and 3,000m,” Hunter said. “My goal is probably first in senior, so we will see how it goes.”

From a coach’s perspective, it is all about getting those repetitions done in every event the athletes are participating in before the city meet.

“A lot of them are in the fine tuning parts,” said Levi Broda, coach for Vanier. “A lot of them are trying to get ready for events that maybe aren’t their favourites, but will be forced to do at city’s.”

The long weekend is also a concern for Broda, as Vanier is off Friday and Monday.

“It is a lot of trust for our athletes to make sure that they are sticking with their programs,” said Broda. “We have to trust that when we get back to practice on Tuesday that they are performing at the level that we expect of them.”

The Moose Jaw section meet will be held on May 21. The south west/ south east section meet will be on May 20 at Guthridge Field.

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