Track and Field season is well under way at MUCC and the numbers of students participating this season is impressive. This year with an influx of younger athletes the numbers at MUCC have ballooned to 134 athletes in track and field.
“The majority is coming from Grad 7, 8 and 9. So it is a really young group, some of our older ones we don’t have as many as we normally have but we have a huge influx of the younger,” Track and Field co-coach Jennifer South
South explained that the growth among younger athletes was a positive.
“It’s a fun sport for a kid that maybe didn’t make a different team, like the basketball or the volleyball and they get a chance to do something and be involved in the school in that way,” she explained.
With the growth the coaching staff has expanded as well with six coaches including South, Kelly Simpson, Mitch Taylor South, Matt Carson, Tim Johnstone and Jennifer Souter
“She is a Crown Prosecutor in town who used to do track who has come out to help us,” South said.
They will be adding even more coaches as other seasons wind down because the numbers are so huge.
“She is also helping us this year because it is such huge numbers. I think even Dean Armstrong is going to help once drama is done so there is a number of people that need to run the program,” she explained.
South explained that she is in charge of being the bookkeeper and a liaison coach who jumps between all areas.
“I keep track of who is going in what event so I am more the paper work side of things. They all do coaching and I help out where I can,” South said.
The true competitive season and preparation for SHSAA Provincials begins with the first of two Mini Meets in Tisdale on Wednesday, May 15.
“It’s very short, extremely short because it also crosses over with our archery and our drama and our badminton. So it is really short,” South said.
There is a second mini meet in Melfort on Wednesday, May 22 and NESSAC Track is at MUCC Field on Monday, May 28 and Tuesday, May 29.
“It’s exciting for the kids, we are looking forward to a nice day hopefully,” South said.
SHSAA Provincial Track and Field is in Moose Jaw on Jun 7 and June 8. And South hopes for better weather than 2018 in Prince Albert.
“Provincials last year was awful,” South said.