Large turnout highlights youth track meet
June 10, 2015
"On your mark, get set — go!"
As we sprint toward the summer months, athletes from Glenshire and Truckee elementary schools sprinted into their third annual track and field meet at Truckee High School this past Sunday.
With a record turnout of 100-plus young athletes, coaches Darin Veliquette and Mike Pyle were over the moon about the sheer number of kids and families who helped make the event a success.
Veliquette — or Mr. V, as his students call him at Glenshire — created the program three years ago for athletes in the third through fifth grade.
"I love track," he said. "It's such a great sport where kids have the opportunity to try different things and have many choices."
The friendly competition included a wide variety of events such as sprints, relays, hurdles, long jump, high jump and shot put. It was enough to keep the athletes busy with smiles on their faces.
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Although results were not available, it was the love for the sport that came in first.
Lexie Gross is a 17-year-old junior at Truckee High School and member of the girls tennis team.