On Sunday we had the great fun of competing in our first track meet.
Cole and Leah have been practicing 2-3 days a week for the last month with the Tigard Youth Track club. They have been working hard and making really good progress in the various track and field events they have been practicing. I have been helping coach the middle and long distance runners which for our age groups means runners who do the 400, 800 and 1500.
Sunday the meet was in Salem, Oregon hosted by the Salem track club. I am still figuring out the whole program but I believe all these developmental meets prime the kids to run in the USATF Junior Olympics program. The JO web page is here.
We got to the meet around 8 am for the team warm-up and sign in. The meets are a great deal at 3 dollars a person.
I ran the first event of the day: the 3000 meters. I am happy to put a soft line in the sand for improvement throughout the season. I now have the goal of not being lapped by the speedy youngsters!!
Cole and Leah competed in the long jump, javelin (using modified spears for their age groups), and then some sprinting events. Cole did the 100 while Leah did the 100 and the 400. The meet was running about 2 hours behind schedule so we had planned to do the 200 but headed out near 2pm after a great long day at the track. I also missed the call for the 1500 meters. Next time we know better how things work and likely the next meet will go more smoothly and timely.
It was great to see the our kids, as well as the Tigard club kids that I have been helping to coach dig deep, and have fun at the same time. The really cool part was hearing them talk about the next track meet and attempting to beat their personal record(s).
Our results for the day can be found here.
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