Things are looking good for the Prince George Track and Field Club as they began training on Tuesday night at Massey Place Stadium.
And unlike the past few years, there was one noticeable change this year, there was no snow to be found anywhere around the track, a change from the past few years were rain and snow welcomed the athletes back to the track.
Tom Masich said he expects this year to build on last season’s success.
“I think it looks pretty good. Here is our first night and we have about 45, 13 and older with us and as the athletes finish their other sports more and more will be coming out as we build towards high school and the competitive age class season. Juniors start on April 17,” said Masich.
The club will work once again with the high school track and field teams. The students will be able to train with the club through provincials for a fee.
Masich is excited about this year’s coaching group, which has helped numerous athletes reach nationals.
“We have some pretty renowned coaches that have taken our kids to national competitions. Hiedi Dunkley will be heading the program for the next few weeks while I get a knee replacement and I will not be able to be at the track.”
Some of Masich’s other coaches include Nick Prevot, who has taken a dozen kids to nationals with javelin, and Eric Rose, three time national race walk champion, returning to helpwith middle distance running and walking. Also Joel Alberts from a scholarship at the the University of Idaho. They will be joined by four or five of our athletes who are finishing school in Canada and the States.
He’s also expecting a big year for athletes at the club. This year is a B.C. Summer Games year and Masich said there are some excellent athletes who will be working towards the Games.
And the quality of athletes is looking good. Geoff Martinson, who was on the Canadian youth team, ranked 12th in the world in the 800 metres, he was the fastest high school boy in Canada. Aaron Dixon was a first-year juvenile last year and a bronze medalist. Rob Negrin is national-class in shot put and discus. Brock Richardson will be returning from the University of Alberta and he’s a national-class discus thrower.
The club is also going to be busy hosting events this year. The first event of the year, the Sub Zero Meet, will be held in May, followed by the high school zones, the Spruce Capital Meet and the B.C. Games zone playdowns.