Tracksters line up for meets

Ten teams will run this weekend in Steamboat

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Ten teams will arrive at the Steamboat Springs High School this weekend for the biggest track meet of the season.

"We should have 400 or 500 kids out for this meet," middle school track coach Ken Brenner said.

Brenner expects the Sailors to be well-represented in the field of seventh- and eighth-grade runners, jumpers and throwers.

"We are having a very good season," Brenner said. "We've broken several school records and we still have two meets left."

Both of those meets will take place this week.

On Thursday, the Steamboat Springs Middle School track team will head to Summit County; on Saturday, the Sailors will be at home to compete against schools including Moffat County, West Grand, Hayden and Soroco.

The Steamboat meet will be the last of five this season for the middle school. Brenner said he has more than 100 athletes out for the team.

The meet will begin with the field events at 9 a.m. Brenner expects the running events to begin at 10 a.m.

Seventh-grader Jay Hanley already has broken school records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes this season.

Eighth-grader Patricia Henderson has set new marks for the girls team in the 100 and 200.

Brenner said the team would hold a special spaghetti dinner for athletes and parent volunteers.

Brenner said volunteers are still needed for Saturday's meet. Anyone who wants to help on Saturday should show up for Friday's dinner, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the middle school.

After the dinner, Brenner will take the parents over to the track for a quick orientation before the meets starts.

"A lot of parents have never worked a track meet before, so we will run though the basics," Brenner said.


-- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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