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Review of Recent Meets and Registering for Upcoming Meets

April 18, 2017

This has been a very busy month. We have had two track meets since the end of March, and are working on and planning for four more which take place within the next month.

Manure Sale

The manure sale has been going well with all the bagging completed now. Almost all the bags have been sold and they should all be gone within the week.  If you are still looking for bags, sales close once we reach the total number we have.

Now comes the big part. This is a huge undertaking and we need you on Saturday morning at 8:00 am sharp. If you have delivery trucks (pickup or bigger) and/or a utility trailer please bring it. If you don't, we still need you!

We also need people to help out on Friday afternoon/evening. Please meet at the bunker at 5:00 pm. We hope to get Aberdeen and Sa-Hali done that evening.

We have over 2000 bags to deliver, so any help will be much appreciated. Remember, this is your club so please help out with our annual fundraiser.

"Many hands make light work"


Van Ryswyk Indoor Invitational and BC Masters Indoor Championship

These meets took place at the same time, and although not well attended, we felt that Kamloops Track and Field Club once again showed that we are capable of running outstanding quality meets. The Van Ryswyk meet is one of the meets where our registered club athletes are able to enter up to three events at no charge, and then pay for any additional events at the regular price. This is one way we try to recognize our club athletes and their efforts. It is one of the perks of being a club member.

Twenty-four Club athletes took advantage of this perk to register in the Van Ryswyk meet. Read More ...


Elementary Schools Indoor Relay Fest

This is a meet for elementary schools in our district that we believe helps to kick off the beginning of their track and field season. It took place on Wednesday, April 12 on the indoor track at TCC. This year was the 9th annual, and we had 13 different schools represented with about 400 students in grades 4 through 7. Sponsored by the Valleyview Overlanders Lions Club, each athlete got to take home at least a ribbon to show that they had participated in this meet. There were at least two heats for each grade and gender group, with the top team in each heat plus the next best times to make a six-team final moving on to the final. With all the athletes and parents, the place was very noisy and excited during the races.

Special thanks go to the Valleyview Overlanders Lions Club for their support of this event and our club. They are responsible for the awards and bring lots of help to make this afternoon meet run very smoothly. Also, special thanks go out to our club officials who do their usual amazing job to coordinate and run this very hectic and exciting meet. Of course, teachers and athletes from the schools should also be recognized for their work. The students were very well behaved and teachers had clearly set out the expectations of their students before coming to TCC. All-in-all, it was a great afternoon.


Upcoming Meets

We have four meets coming up within the next month. One of these is our club outdoor meet – the Dylan Armstrong Classic. The others are for high school students only.

Best Western Battle of the Border

First is the Best Western Battle of the Border on April 29th. This meet features competition between BC and Alberta high schools, and all high schools are invited to participate. Last year we had over 500 athletes, with just over half this number coming from BC high schools. We think there may not be as many attending from Alberta this year, due to economic concerns for families in Alberta.

Entry fees for this meet are $15. Athletes may enter up to 3 events plus 2 relays. Read More ...


Dylan Armstrong Classic

Following the Battle, we have the Dylan Armstrong Classic. This is a club meet and is open for all athletes from 9 to 99 years of age. It takes place on May 5 and 6, and features a Throws pentathlon for Master age athletes on Friday afternoon, May 5. There are a number of events that begin on Friday evening, and we will be running under the lights for some of the longer distances, and jumping under the lights for a few of the jumping events. On Saturday, May 6, the meet starts up again, running non-stop for most of the day.

This is the other meet where we provide our club members with up to 3 events at no charge. Read More ...


Additional High School Meets

The next two meets after the Dylan Armstrong Classic are both high school meets. The rules for these meets are a little different from the Battle of the Border. The North and West Zones Championships are only for schools in the North Okanagan zone and the West Okanagan zone. Kamloops high schools are all in the West Okanagan zone and any schools and their athletes who wish to compete must be registered with BC High School Sports. Please check with your school Athletic Director to ensure your school is registered, and you are registered as an Athletics athlete. Read More ...


This newsletter is getting quite long so I'll leave more club news until the next one. It should be coming out shortly. Remember, we are looking for help to deliver all those bags of manure, so set some time aside Friday, April 21st to Sunday, April 23. We are hoping that some of you have trucks or small utility trailers and can bring them to help with these deliveries. We also need those who do not have these types of vehicles, but who can help with the deliveries.

 

Upcoming Meets in Kamloops

 
  • Apr. 29 - Battle of the Border (High school invitational)
  • May 5-6 - Dylan Armstrong Classic
  • May 9 - North and West Okanagan Zones High School Championships
  • May 18 - Okanagan Zone High School Championship (invitation only)
  • July 6-8 - BC Special Olympics Summer Games
There are other meets in the province that we hope our club members will attend. Please speak with your coach to get an idea of which ones would be good for you to consider. If these meets are more that one day in duration, now might be a good time to consider booking hotels in those cities. Information on these meets can be found on the BC Athletics Calendar of Events (bcathletics.org) and will provide information about the meets. A select few of these meets are:
  • Jun 1-3 - BC High School Championship - Langley
  • June 10-11 - 2017 Canada Summer Games Selection Trials - Coquitlam
  • June 16-18 - Langley Pacific Track and Field Meet and BC Masters Outdoor Championship - Langley
  • June 28 - Harry Jerome Track Classic - Coquitlam
  • June 30-July 2 - Jack Brow Memorial - Kelowna
Groups of parents may want to get together to organize car pools and shared accommodation for athletes wishing to attend these out-of-town meets.
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