© Katie Brickman
Sin Hang Chan of Caronport gets some air before landing his triple jump on Thursday afternoon at the second mini track and field meet at Gutheridge Field.
Although the conditions are not ideal for the track and field athletes, they were still out practicing and training on Thursday afternoon at Gutheridge Field. With three meets over five days, the coaches are busy trying to prepare their athletes as best as possible without fatiguing the body.
“It’s really important for the kids to compete, but with having that many competitions that close is to be strategic about what racing in each meet, “ said Renee Verge, Peacock’s head coach for track. “Mini meets are very significant, it’s where they start to see what the competition is going to be at our section meet.”
With the cooler temperatures and wind, many of the athletes find themselves cold and muscles tight. Despite being educated on dressing warm and staying hydrated, many of the athletes will find their numbers lower than normal.
“The cold is a huge factor,” said Cal Carter, Central’s head coach for track. “Heights, distances and times are going to be slower and not as long and not as high.”
With 27 different schools coming to Moose Jaw this Saturday for the invitational meet, the local athletes will be able to get a feel for the competition as well as put the hard work they have been practicing to the test.
“What we focused on in these meets was to get their timings down, get their distances and their runs and their placements for their jumping events,” said Carter. “Hopefully we can be practiced and ready for that big meet, but it has been difficult because of the weather.”
Even with two mini meets in the books, many of the athletes don’t feel fully prepared for this bigger meet on Saturday.
“We just haven’t had the amount practice time and the weather has just been so cold that it’s been hard,” explained Carter.
For more on this story and full results, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.