Athletes prepare for track season

Track and field season is underway at schools throughout the Northwest including Carpenter High School and Jonas Samson Junior High in Meadow Lake. Here, CHS student Sabrinna McNabb shows off her shot-put technique during a practice session May 1.

Track and field season is underway at schools throughout the Northwest including Carpenter High School and Jonas Samson Junior High in Meadow Lake. Here, CHS student Sabrinna McNabb shows off her shot-put technique during a practice session May 1.

by Phil Ambroziak

The success of young athletes in the Northwest remains on track for another season.

The track and field season kicked off at both Carpenter High School and Jonas Samson Junior High School recently with both squads eagerly anticipating the upcoming divisional and district track meets, which will be hosted later this month in Meadow Lake.

“Practices began April 29 and what a beautiful day it was for it,” stated CHS track and field coach Cheyne Dallyn. “We have 22 athletes right now and our first meet will be the divisional track meet May 21.”

The divisional meet will be held at Lions Park with the top three athletes from each event advancing to the district meet, which will also take place at Lions Park the following week.

“Districts get underway the evening of May 27 and continue all day May 28,” Dallyn continued. “The top athletes at that event will advance to provincials June 6 and 7 in Moose Jaw.”

Dallyn went on to note the confidence he has in this year’s high school team, adding numbers are up from last season.

“I was at Jonas Samson Junior High last year, so I didn’t really see the CHS track numbers but I have a solid group of Grade 10s and quite a few Grades 11 and 12s. The season is still early, but we have some very strong, talented people who have made it to provincials in the past. They have the experience and they know what it takes to get there. I hope they can get there again and bring home a medal.”

Meanwhile, at JSJH, track and field coach Trent Marsh is also boasting a strong team this year as far as numbers are concerned.

“So far, with our Grade 8 and 9 students, we have about 30 athletes,” Marsh said. “We also have about 10 Grade 7s who will be competing at the divisional meet May 21.”

As for provincials, Marsh said JSJH Grade 9 athletes have had success in the past in terms of the type of track and field season available in this part of Saskatchewan.

“We don’t have a yearlong track program or track club here like they do in places like Saskatoon or Regina,” he said. “I think we’ve done amazing considering the amount of training we are able to provide each year compared to others. We usually send four or five athletes to provincials every year.”

Marsh continued by saying there is no shortage of good athletes in Meadow Lake.

“I believe there is going to be a lot of progress and improvement made in the next month,” he said. “And, hopefully that will show in the results.”

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