High school track season ready to kick into high gear

Matthew Gourlie
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Megan Rumpel of Swift Current, left, and Taylor Stevenson from Peacock clear a hurdle in the senior girls 80-metre hurdles at Wednesday's second Mini Meet at Gutheridge Field. Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie

The track season almost got into full swing Wednesday.

An unusual local track and field season stayed unpredictable as huge winds and a heavy downpour led to an early end to the second mini meet of the season at Gutheridge Field. The final round of field events along with the relays were postponed.

It’s all par for the course in what has been an odd track season. The second mini meet took place two weeks after the first mini meet of the season, but after a long Easter break the big dates on the track calendar are coming quickly in what is a condensed season.

“It’s a very fast season,” said Peacock track coach Brett Young. “The kids have been really good about it as far as attending practices, but it’s been crazy for them too. A lot of these kids are multi-sport athletes and so they’re having to adjust their schedules. But they’re out here, they’re doing it.”

The season will kick into high gear when Gutheridge Field is host to the Moose Jaw Invitational track meet all day Saturday. The Invitational will feature 26 schools and nearly 400 athletes.

It will also feature a new event — the quad. The quad will be contested at section, district and provincial meets and features the 100-metre sprint, 800-metre run, the shot put and the long jump.

“It’s just a very compact track season,” said Central track coach Colin Belsher. “It will be interesting to see what happens at the Invitational. Typically the local schools are pretty competitive at the Invitational. They’re usually in the top four or five. I think it will be a good test for all of the Moose Jaw schools.”

Organizations: Invitational

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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