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posted Apr 19, 2017, 7:28 AM by Andrew Malone

Hello track & field parents,

It has been a great week and a half of track so far.  We have been rewarded again with a wonderful group of kids.  Many of our coaches have commented on the strong work ethic and encouraging and inclusive attitudes we are witnessing at practice.  We are lucky to get to work with such a great group of kids this spring!  

We have our first meet, a home meet, Thursday, April 20 at CMS at 3:45 pm.  The order of events is below.

4x200m Relay

I have no way of anticipating the time of any events but I can guarantee the 100m Hurdles will begin at 3:45.  The field events (shot put, discus, long jump, high jump) occur throughout the meet.  Thursday after school, kids will meet in the gym, stretch, and head out to the meet at 3:15ish. 

We encourage kids to participate in 3 or 4 events in our meets with a combination of running and field events.  We know that some kids don’t think of themselves as runners/track athletes, but we really do want the meets to be celebrations of the hard work they put in and we encourage and reward the effort.  So please, ask your child what they plan on participating in Thursday and encourage them to do 3 or 4 events.

When your kids are done with their events, they are free to go though some of the best memories of the season are of other teammates' races and events.  Watching a meet, you can learn a lot about the sport, so make excuses for them to stay as long as they can before you pick them up!  Because this is a home meet, there is nothing to sign or no need to check out with a coach.  At our away meet next week, there is a different process that I'll send out later.    

Below is the link to our Track & Field website which has all sorts of good info including our meet schedule for the year.   I have attached a pdf of our meet schedule for the year.

Also, you can download the Celly app and get the updates I send out to your kids regarding canceled practices, meet info, any updates or reminders.  It also has the season schedule too.  Info on how to download and access the EPCMSTRACK Celly is on our website.  You can also access the Celly through any web browser too. 

A couple quick items...

-Track shirts: it would be a modern miracle for our t shirts and jerseys to be delivered before Thursday's meet.  Our vendor is WONDERFUL and has delivered in a week or less in the past, but no guarantees!  In the next couple days, please have your child bring their payment so they get their shirt on the day they arrive.  We don't give the shirts out without payment.  

-Activity Bus: those who ride the activity bus leave practice at 3:50, those who get picked up, we end at 4 though at times we may go 5 minutes late.

-We have fully 189 registered participants with over 210 showing up every day that are missing a physical.  We need those 20 or so to get physicals in, but I'm amazed that 1/7 kids at CMS chose to work hard and join track.  That's crazy! Any questions on physicals or registration contact Connie Ewing, Student Activities Coordinator.

We've talked alot about behavior and that we expect kids to "make our jobs easier as coaches" by doing what we expect and to work hard, so far so good!    

Thanks for all you do in supporting your child and us coaches throughout the year.  Any questions, please let me know

Coaches Andy Malone, Tim Fulford, Courtney Heinz, Mary Gallus, Corey Christopherson, Callie Glass