Friday , 9 June 2023

Track and Field Districts kick off brief school season

A couple years removed from the usual spring sport schedules in schools, Track and Field Districts for local high school students in the Bonnyville, Cold Lake, and Lac La Biche areas took place at Walsh Field on Wednesday.

“We’re working on hosting big track meets for the next two and a half weeks. Right now, we’re starting off today with Districts here for our Grade 10 to 12 in District Three,” said EA Switzer, a coordinator with Lakeland Schools Athletics Association. 

Athletes from École Beausejour, École Plamondon, École des Beaux Lacs, J.A.W.S, Assumption, CLHS, École Notre Dame, and BCHS attended. 

High schoolers performed in various track events like the 100 metre, the 200 metre, the 400 metre, the 800 metre, the 1500 metre and the 3000 metre, along with team relay races. While the track is busy, the field events go on with javelin, shotput, discus, long jump, high jump, and triple jump. 

After having two missed years of teaching the sport, it’s taken some time for athletes to get acquainted with the various disciplines track and field have to offer.

“We’ve had to teach kids some skills that they normally would have by this age group. We have some Grade 12s that have never been in blocks before, so we’ve had to teach that. We have some kids that it’s been a really long time since they’ve done certain events. So we’ve really had to take them back to the basics, but they’re out here. They’re trying their best. They’re working on it. They’re improving. And many of them are excited to go into zones next week.”

Next Wednesday, zones will take place in Bonnyville to see whether athletes can punch their ticket to Provincials.

On May 26, LSAA wards will happen in all communities for junior high athletes, while those athletes that advance will again come to Bonnyville on May 31.

Dr. Brosseau Track and Field 

Dr. Bernard Brosseau held their school’s Track and Field on Tuesday, where students spent a few hours participating in the various events.

All images provided by Lakeland Catholic Schools. 

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