Track is back, even if track and field weather is not yet.
Runners, jumpers, and throwers from Moose Jaw high schools got their first taste of competition for the season on Wednesday at a MJHSAA mini meet at Gutheridge Field.
Vanier has been the top track and field school in the city for the last four years, earning the city trophy each time. With a sizeable team in 2011, the school’s track coach is hoping a five-peat is in the works.
“We’re hoping (to win again). Every year is kind of a challenge and we never know. The other schools are very strong as well. I just tell the kids we have to push ourselves and go into each event setting goals for ourselves, and whatever happens at the end of the day happens,” said coach Leanne Meili.
Meili said the Vanier crew numbers about 60 youth so far, a group that is committed and working hard.
Central finished second in the city last year. Though his team was not full on Wednesday — badminton districts was one thing that kept athletes from attending the first meet — coach Colin Belsher liked what he saw.
“Overall, the kids that were here did very well. I saw some surprises and some kids that I expected to do well did so,” said Belsher.
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