Track season off to a running start

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Michaela Skyora of Vanier lands her long jump attmept during the field track and field mini meet at Gutheridge Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Even though the temperature was cool and the wind was blowing, it didn’t stop approximately 100 athletes from participating in the first mini track and field meet.

The clouds hung low and dark over Gutheridge Field on Tuesday afternoon, but the rain didn’t fall and the athletes got their track season underway after the first date scheduled was postponed due to the weather.

“It’s a giant practice among the schools,” said Larry Segall, Prairie South Commissioner. “It’s a chance for the kids to practice what they have learned and a chance for them to compete against the other athletes.”

The students from all the local high schools, including Mossbank and Caronport were taking part in the first of three meets in the next week to get prepared and ready for their first invitational meet.

“Each athlete is capable of usually to do their events twice in the three weeks,” said Segall.

Athletes can take part in a variety of events including the hurdles, 100 m, 200 m, 400 m 800 m, 1,500 m and the 3,000 m races, long jump, triple jump and high jump, as well as the shot put, discus throw and javelin. There was an event introduced and this is the second year that athletes could participate in it, which is the quad event, where the athlete competes in the 100 m, 800 m, long jump and shot put.

“Anyone that enters the quad event, those are the four activities they participate in and they get points in how they finish in each other of those four activities,” Segall explained.

With over 70 athletes from Grades 9-12 registered to compete in six of the track events, Vanier Collegiate is hoping for another great season. Now that the other sports are finished, the majority of the school’s athletes are bringing their game to the field and track.

“Some of the kids definitely come in what they have done from the course of the year and are bringing it to track,” said Leanne Meili, coach for the Vanier squad. “You can really see those kids shine and you can see the athleticism with the kids.”

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

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