Track foundation organizes elementary meet |

Track foundation organizes elementary meet

The South Tahoe Track Foundation, in conjunction with the South Tahoe and George Whittell high school track teams, will present the first annual South Shore Elementary School Track Classic on Thursday.

“This track meet is another way of showing residents of the South Shore of Lake Tahoe that track and field is alive and well and the importance of keeping our Olympic Track facility at South Tahoe Middle School,” said STHS coach Rick Brown.

“It is the hope of the foundation that we can succeed in getting our point across about the need to preserve and maintain this piece of Olympic history by promoting the sport that brought South Lake Tahoe to the forefront of the U.S. Olympic movement more than 30 years ago.

It is also our goal to begin exposing the youth of our community to the sport of track and field at a young age in hopes that they will continue to participate in the sport as they get to the respective high schools on the South Shore.”

The meet will be open to the five elementary schools in the Lake Tahoe School District, Saint Theresa’s School and Zephyr Cove Elementary School on the Nevada side. It is open to fourth and fifth-grade boys and girls, and each school is required to pick their top two athletes in each of the events being offered. Those events are: 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 400 relay, long jump and 6-pound shot put.

The meet will be run by the student athletes from South Tahoe and George Whittell high schools in hopes of showing the elementary school participants that their older counterparts care about their sport and the youth of our community.

“We’re excited about having the meet. We love to hear kids talking about track and field and going to a meet,” said Anthony Davis, a South Tahoe Track Foundation member who is also very active in coaching the sport in the community.

The meet starts at 4:30 p.m. at the South Tahoe Middle School Olympic Track Complex, and admission to the meet for spectators is free. Concessions will be available to benefit the Lake Tahoe Hounds Track Club, a youth development team for athletes ages 10 to 18 years old who have a strong desire to compete in track and field and cross-country running. Anyone interested in joining, should call Anthony Davis (530) 541-1873.

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